Reed Mace marks out Cattle Grid at HoBB grid point 285 [I27]

Reed Mace marks out Cattle Grid at HoBB grid point 285 [I27]Got a couple of cattle grids you don’t want (In the UK!)? The HoBB Gardens will gladly re-cycle them; contact us!

If you pop and visit HoBB Real you’ll find out why. You will experience a tight bend at the top gate then a slope. These two ‘features’ stop delivery vehicles driving down so they unload at the top whilst blocking the lane to traffic.

The horse and cart ruled when the Farmhouse and neighbouring Vineyard were originally constructed as so few courier companies use them now, some changes need to be made. Thankfully we have the space to built up the land at the top, to the same level as the lane, and provide a pull-in and construct a cattle grid. Have you ever constructed a cattle grid? Fancy constructing another? Let us know.

When the cattle grids are found/ acquired or otherwise ‘obtained’ there will be a lot of work involved putting them in so we’ll need a fair few helpers. At the moment, the site for one of the grids is hosting a Reed Mace bed – very grand plants that are great for flower arrangements and their fluffy seeds can be used to insulate or provide a soft pillow filling for a camper’s night. They sometimes make an appearance on the HoBB dining table for a tasty change to regular vegetables and it is fun to put their pollen into pancakes and omelettes.

All volunteering follows the example so wonderfully set by

Waves from the green hills and valleys ~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

Fashionable Composting, re-visited

Fashionable Composting, re-visitedComposting is one of natures unwritten laws. Like many of these laws, by keeping to them we uphold the food cycle, by breaking them we herd ourselves into a dead end.

A visit to your local garden centre should convince you that composting is now very fashionable as there are now umpteen systems to contain it and apparently ‘create it’ – not so. Nature has but one way through decay to break up stuff for recycling – ’tis so.

I am a bit miffed that so many western societies are still way off course when it comes to recycling. The biggest bloomer that most promoters of recycling make is to call used material ‘rubbish’ – it’s not; rubbish is worthless, useless stuff. And if someone can recycle stuff and put it to use then it is not ‘waste’ either.

We try to re-cycle and compost down everything at the HoBB but ours is but one voice. Your voice is important to this issue and your efforts to underline the truth about the way we all use and abuse ‘matter’ will help. Take every opportunity you discover to press the message home and support the continual re-use of everything possible.

At the HoBB we put nearly everything to use and re-use, giving all materials the longest life we can design for them – plastics are still the most challenging of materials. So when visiting HoBB Real, bring nothing with a ‘half-life’ over two months!

Waves ~~~~ (please re-cycle these around your friends) ~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant