Monthly Archives: February 2015

  • Homemade Wood Chip for Our Biomass Boiler

    Well our brand new boiler is running well and the mountain of waste wood we've built up is slowly going down! Still, I think this may take a few years before we really make a dint on it. It's been collecting for quite some time. In one respect it's great as we don't have to buy and feed stock in, but the down side is we have to break up all our old pallets and chip them. The idea of a chipper is to create wood chips or flakes that are suitable as fuel to be used in the...
  • 2 Products to Improve Your Flower Beds

      The evenings are getting lighter and when the weekends arrive there's a real smell of spring in the air. What a perfect time for you to look at ways to improve your flower beds. Mushroom Compost Mushroom compost is perfect to reinvigorate a flower bed and bulk it up again, and it's also ideal to mix in with soil when you are creating or topping up your veg patch, as well as helping with drainage. Traditionally, mushroom compost has been made with well-rotted stable manure, but mushroom compost nowadays is generally made using composted straw. Either of these...
  • A Day in the Lake District: Removing Tree Guards

    We've recently had a gorgeous day up in the Lake District as part of our efforts to improve local woodland. The temperature was just above freezing and the mountains had a lovely covering of snow. Summer or winter, it's hard to beat the Lake District for the best of English beauty. Our trip was to work in a wood that we planted 5 years ago. The ground was previously planted with oak, ash, holly and silver birch, and when these were planted we fitted each with a Tubex tree guard for protection. These tree guards have played a large...
  • Try Something New: Alder as Firewood

    One of our most popular woods over the past year has been alder, a lovely, red-tinted, fruity smelling species that has long been overlooked. It seems like now alder's time has come, as more and more people are making special requests for the unique properties it has. So what are those unique properties? Fast Lighting Although it is a hardwood, the loose open grains in alder ensures that it will catch fire and burn quite quickly, ideal for heating your home in a hurry. This means that even on an open fire, you can be sure to get a good...
  • How to Improve Your Garden With Just Top Soil and Leaves

    We have found the popularity of good quality top soil is steadily rising year on year, and do you know why? How to improve your garden is a question often asked. The recent trend in weather is becoming more and more unpredictable, making it difficult to know when it's the best time to lay your turf and plant your flowers. This means that getting a sample of soil that can be used all year round, come rain or shine, is increasingly the solution that people are turning to when it comes to their garden. This top soil produces...

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