Diary of the Plague Year: Day 43 27 April 2020: Cardboard

Another grey and cloudy day. I had vowed not to go into the garden thinking I should get on with some work in the shed. Instead, I started going through the cardboard I would normally recycle but at the mo we are able to only recycle household waste. I don’t want the cardboard going into landfill so decided to cut it up to put round the trees to prevent grass growth. I then piled grass cuttings on top as mulch. I am going to cut up the smaller bits of card and mix it up for the compost heap.

Ended up trimming all the hedges as well. It is impossible to go into the garden to do just one quick job. Very tempted to get an electric hedge trimmer for all the dead brambles along the back wall …

I wish it would actually rain – this is the forecast.

Corylopsis Sinensis



A not very clear photo of my corylopsis. I wanted a picture of the leaves which seem to unfurl like butterflies emerging from the crysalis. It is a Chinese tree – Corylopsis Sinensis. It was very badly burned and battered by the freak North-easter we had about this time last year. It will be very interesting to see how it recovers this year. All the trees were badly affected, the leaves were burnt brown – it was horrible

Diary of the Plague Year: Day 11 27 March 2020: Composting and recycling

A little early-morning composting watched by the ever-curious neighbours.  The food waste goes first followed by cardboard and then the old pile is turned over on top. I don’t think it’s the most scientific method but it works for me. A nice tidy pile of compost is a very satisfying sight and bloody good exercise first thing.

Off to the recycling centre!