8.1.09

I'm going organic!

Very soon I will have my own allotment! I can’t wait, but unfortunately I’ll have to because until someone dies there are none available. I am told that an old fella by the name of Harry is pretty close to meeting his maker, and I have mixed emotions because although it will be very sad for his family when he pops his clogs, it will be a great day for me.

When I saw this week’s prompt on Sunday Scribblings it got me thinking. We have to write about organic things, and I thought - ‘I know, I’ll have an organic allotment’

The first thing I have researched is organic manures. I didn’t realise there were so many types. I can’t start making it just yet because it may stink a little, and setting up a ferty-factory on my appartments balcony could prove unpopular with my neighbours!


For organic compost I will need to keep all my waste things – leftover food, dead flowers and things. I’ll get an old bin and then I have to buy some worms! What a hoot! You need a special make called (wait for it) Red Wrigglers! True, I promise you.

I can get them by mail order. I wonder if they are cheaper on EBay. Anyway, I’ll bung them into my bin and see what happens.

Fertilizer is different from compost. Did you know that? I didn’t. It has to come from something which once lived. Dried blood, crushed bone, and old fish skins for example. I’m not sure I know how to crush bones. There's a guy who drinks at our pub they call Bonecrusher, perhaps that's what he does for a job. I'll ask him. I think I can buy it readymade too– Bones2Go!

Another good fertilizer is horse poo. We don’t get many horses trotting past my apartment, and even if we did I’m not so sure I’d want to follow them with a shovel and bucket. I do have a plan though. I know someone with stables, so I’m sure I can get some there.

Actually cow pancakes are probably good too. I’ll gather some of those from the farm near school. I could get the children to help me, and then I wouldn’t actually have to pick them up myself. It would be great fun day out for them too, I’ll mention to the Head.

I also read that something called Humanure is good. If it’s what I think it is, I’ll give it a miss. Can you imagine....no I’d rather not!

Then there is crop cover. That’s when you plant something alongside your plants which insects and bugs find tastier. My book tells me that this is used a lot in vineyards, but I won’t be making my own wine – it takes too long and gardening is thirsty work!

So soon I’ll have organic carrots and cabbages and lettuces and tomatoes. I also want to grow flowers. I’ve never heard of organic gladioli so I could be on to something new. One of my aims is to grow the world’s tallest sunflower. I may just have found the answer!

I let you know when I get my allotment; hopefully it will be before the spring. Perhaps I could take old Harry some poisonous grapes to speed things along.

Did I say that? That’s terrible, I should be ashamed. You know I didn’t mean it. Honestly Harry!
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17 comments:

christy said...

So fun to read about your corner of the world and the exciting things you're getting involved in with the earth. Yeah! Very inspirational. Thank you for writing.

Michelle said...

Poor ol' Harry... let him live!! I'll ship you some organic veggies to see you through! teehee! :)

Shadow said...

wow, you've really thought about this one. go, organic, go!

myrtle beached whale said...

I thought all manure was organic. Good read,this.

utopianfragments said...

funny good opening.
good luck. nothing like putting hand into the soil

Rinkly Rimes said...

I think you might also need to buy some perfume!

gautami tripathy said...

Read a few books on the topic, Rosey!

Setting about a routine

Linda Jacobs said...

I love your humorous approach! Very entertaining!

Tumblewords: said...

Yell when you get your allotment and the organic glads are going strong. I didn't know worms came in brands. Cool. :)

BJ Roan said...

I believe you have matured considerably in your posting over the past couple of months. I really enjoyed the bit of humor here. Poor Harry! ;) Good luck with the allotment.

Marguerite said...

Funny! I really enjoy the humor in your posts. Good job.

Mine is a humerous one, also. 100% Horse Hockey

GreenishLady said...

Best of luck with your allotment. Hopefully someone will move away and free one up, rather than having to wish ill on poor Harry! I make worm-compost, and can tell you it is not smelly, once the worms get working. You'll become quite fond of the little creatures when you see the great work they do!

DJPare said...

I'm glad I'm not Harry! :)

Granny Smith said...

You have given us our allotment of humor. You'll have to try some of your organic veggies on your friend Keith to see if he detects any difference in the taste.

Neilina said...

Gud luck for your allotement....nice to read the post!

floreta said...

i like your conversational writing style. it's fun and cute.

Doe said...

good on ya!!
keep up the organic work ;)