A Thursday musing

Goodness, how things change.  My original idea for writing a blog was to chart my personal search on “who am I?”, albeit quite self-indulgent.  In less than a month, probably due to my love of gardening, my blog has become mainly a garden based.  That is probably going in the correct direction, because gardening is when I feel the true me, a person in my own right.  It’s a natural progression, whereby I am fulfilling three things,  sharing my garden with others, writing and photography.

On the subject of photography I thought I would take pic of some of the items in my “garden recycling” box.

An exciting life study of garden goodness
  • Loo rolls for sweet peas
  • egg shells as a slug and snail deterrent
  • corks for the top of canes (yes that is a real cork and not a plastic one!)
  • tea bags for the compost – cats avoid areas if you soak teabags in Olbas Oil and scatter them on the flower beds, they do rot down.
  • and coffee grounds……


Yesterday I was in the local coffee shop and saw all the spent coffee grounds going in a bin.  You can imagine the look on the young girl’s face (clearly not a gardener) when I asked her if she would save them for me.  I think she thought I was a mad woman!   True to their promise, there was a large box waiting for me at lunchtime and there is more if I want some. 

A large box of coffee grounds

However, I began to doubt the wisdom behind collecting all this coffee when a customer told me that too much on a compost heap was not good as it depletes the nitrogen balance.  Because of the IT Police at work, I had to wait until I got home this evening to look up coffee and composting on the internet.  He was, I hope, talking nonsense because the internet reliably informs me that adding coffee to compost piles to increases the nitrogen balance.   In my quest to share information, did you know that according to a lab analysis report, coffee grounds provide phosphorous, potassium and nitrogen to a compost heap and if dug into the soil the grounds will improve the soil structure. 

On a final note, and nothing connected with the above, I would like to take the opportunity of introducing you to Gary the Gargoyle.   I bought him two years ago, he is weathering well and Gary looks how I feel sometimes.  Every garden needs a folly and Gary is mine.  I wonder what that says about my personal quest, but then perhaps there is a Gary in all of us.

My mate Gary the Gargoyle


  1. Just stumbled across your blog, I also love writing about my garden and taking photos. Gary the Gargoyle, love the name!


    • Hi there! Glad you stumbled across my blog and Gary. I look at him out of my kitchen window and he just glowers at me – as it to say “what are you doing inside, you should be out here!!”.

      I have came across your blog recently and really enjoyed reading it. It is earmarked for a regular visit.

      Happy writing and gardening – Ronnie


  2. I just want to say I am glad to see Gary – he looks very sturdy and a pleasant(ish) friend to share the gardening tasks. I feel maybe we all should have a Gary especially when times are tough – he would remind us that life could always be much worse! To be made of stone and unable to utter suitable expletives at such times that need them must be quite difficult.


  3. Love the gargoyle, and thank you for the reminder that corks are worth saving too. I think my greenhouse might be about to be buried under the loo roll centres we have been saving, so I think it might be time to get sowing…


  4. I have added coffee grounds to the compost, and used them as a (lovely smelling!) mulch in various plants, and as a cat deterrent and it works well and causes no problems. I don’t currently have a good source, or I would still be doing it.

    Must get myself a gargoyle 😀


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