In 2015 we scooped out compost 12 times and we ended with 20kg of compost. We used ours in January 2016
to plant vegetables in our garden. We planted spinach, carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, butternut, baby marrow,
coriander and parsley.
The vegetables and herbs did well in the soil mixed with the W2D compost and struggled mainly, with
environmental changes (frost in July) and pests.
The butternut and baby marrow proved the most difficult to grow though. The butternut plant contains
male and female flowers and the flowers did not all reach maturity at the same stage, which meant that
pollination was difficult and irregular. Manual pollination was used to ensure the full development of the
female flower into fruit.
Both, the baby marrow and butternut struggled with white rot. White rot is a fungus that lives on the
leaves of pumpkin-plants. It produces white spots on the top and bottom of the leaves and may even affect
the stems. The best way to combat it naturally, is to mix 10 grams of baking soda with 2 litres of water
and to spray the top and bottom of the leaves every day or to use a fungicide.
The broccoli had problems with plant lice. To combat it spray coffee granules near the ant nest or on the
ant path and on the broccoli stems. Coffee granules are a great way to deter ants or use something like, Aphicide.
The first image shows the preparation of beds with W2D compost. The second image is the planting of spinach seeds.
The remainder of the images shows the growth phases of the spinach.