Wool in Compost, Shady Poor Soil = Wonderful Hellebores in the Garden


“Sustainable wool compost is a great alternative to peat” – this comment was made in an article in Gardening World and it goes on to say:
“The moisture retaining qualities of wool make this compost ideal for those spots where water retention is important. It is also kinder to the environment than peat as it is made using sustainable resources”.

Which leads me on to a blog with a bit of a gardening theme now that the weather is so glorious and the days are so much longer. Like every gardener, we have one flower bed which is a bit uninspiring, slightly shady, poor soil and full of stones and it is always the last bed that I feel I want to weed. However, the hellebores seem to thrive, so at this particular moment in time it is looking gorgeous. I spotted in a local plant nursery last weekend a really divine speckled yellow hellebore, but I dithered too long and didn’t buy it. Serves me right, because I came home and there in the Saturday Telegraph was an article specifically about Hugh Nunn and his hellebores, featuring, guess what? a speckled yellow- the very same one and of course when I went back, it had been sold. The moral of the story is, of course, that we hardly ever regret what we do buy, it’s what we don’t buy that niggles away at us…

Going back to the compost theme, it is always something of a miracle that household scraps, chicken pooh, old newspaper, loo rolls and even scraps of wool can go in the top of a compost bin and, about a year later, out of the bottom comes all this lovely rich dark crumbly compost. The most perfect form of recycling. It’s not only me that enjoys a trip to the compost bins, the dogs are just as keen, but their motivation is a mouse that has taken up residence and tantalises them, probably knowing full well it is next to impossible for them to catch it!

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