When I read that Blackpool Zoo is creating a sustainable wildlife garden that will be fertilised by elephant poo, it reminded me of a story my mother used to tell me about my grandfather. As a child, if the circus came to town, she and my uncle would be sent out to follow the elephants with a bucket and spade to pick up any droppings. Grandpa was convinced that it was the very best of all manures for the garden and would reward their efforts with tickets to the circus. It will be interesting to see how the zoos plants respond to the manure – with the three elephants pooing up to 18 times a day there will be no shortage in home produced organic fertiliser. Blackpool Zoo’s garden is being created as an educational project for the zoo’s visitors.
Tag Archives: Compost
The fractured knee is healing well and as I get more mobile I’m gradually getting to grips with the borders that have been mouldering over the past 3 months or so. I know the theory is that we should leave everything until spring, but as I’ve been unable to do a gradual tidy I’ve needed to be fairly ruthless in order to sort out the chaos and find spaces to plant the bulbs. As I’ve worked my way along the beds, I’ve edited, divided, planted, top-dressed with and compost to help those roots keep growing overwinter and then tucked them all up in a lovely snuggly bed of Strulch my mulch of choice.
The garden may not be quite is usual beautiful self with all the wet weather, but the compost and leafmould a looking pretty good. The compost loves the warm humid weather and is decomposing superfast and giving off a lot of heat. Meanwhile, we consolidated the leafmould heap and there’s some wonderful rich black humus waiting to be used.
Now I know that it’s only the south and the east of the country that is short of water, but mulching is generally a good thing even in areas where rain continues to fall – for example it stops MORE
Not so long ago my leaf heap was a neat and orderly affair, but as I’ve tidied beds and paths it has got a bit out of hand and every time I add more leaves a mini-avalanche ensues. I’m not too worried though, there isn’t much to add now and as it settles I can gradually get it back behind the barricades. By the time next autumn comes it will have rotted down and I will be able to use it on the garden. Just in time for the whole process to start again.