A loggery perhaps?


Back in November I posted about the new mega compost bin my eldest had built me from old pallets. When I came home from the monthly HPS meeting on Saturday I was thrilled to see that he had built me the second bin he had promised.  I suspect my hard work the weekend before emptying out and removing the last old bin may have encouraged him to get this done or it might have been my heartfelt pleas as the first bin was full despite its vastness.

You can see  the slope of the top of the garden and in particular the drop in the soil level from one bin to the next so we still have to landscape this drop out of existence. What these new compost bins have given me are two large and substantial compost bins which are positioned at right angles to the old bins meaning that I should be able to empty them better. It also means that although large the bins are less visible from the house compared to when the three old bins formed a line across the back of the garden.  This is turn has freed up some space near the top of the steps for me to plant something and this has led to the creation of what I think will be called the loggery.

You will recall that I had the willow, under which the compost bins are sited, heavily lopped back in October 2014.  This left a large pile of logs which have either gone to my friend Victoria for her willow sculptures or to my son’s scout group for burning.  There were however a number of very large logs which were just too heavy for us to carry down the garden so they have been sitting in the way for the last 18 months.  Having emptied out the last compost bin and finding myself presented with extra space I decided to roll the logs down the slope and to pile them up on the corner at the top of the steps to produce a small loggery.  It’s a bit like a stumpery but made with logs and not tree stumps!  Once the ground levels are sorted out the loggery can be established properly and my plan is to fill in the gaps between the logs with soil and to plant it up with ferns and maybe some bulbs such as snowdrops or hepaticas. Having heard Julian Sutton of Desirable Plants talk about the best growing conditions for hepaticas I think this small installation might improve the flowering of my hepaticas which would be wonderful.


12 Comments Add yours

  1. Yvonne Ryan says:

    Hi Helen – Just as well you have great visulaiton skills!! What are hipatices?? Looks huge composting area!!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Yvonne
      Hepaticas are small daisy like woodland flowers

  2. Brian Skeys says:

    Highgrove inspiration?
    I look forward to seeing the loggery develop.

  3. Renee says:

    Those are giant bins! I can’t wait to see the loggery…

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    What a lovely idea. I have a few tree stump/ logs which I like because of their sculptural appearance. I place them about the garden to look attractive and for the creepy crawlies, which in turn attract birds, frogs etc. Good luck with the loggery.

  5. Helen – can I ask you to leave one or two gaps between the logs in your loggery? This will make an ideal habitat for stag beetles – these are endangered (mainly due to habitat loss). They are harmless to humans and plants so there is no downside to having them around.

  6. A loggery sounds wonderful. A great use of the leftover logs!

  7. Linda says:

    I’ve grown things in my rotting tree stumps. Maybe I will try some of my struggling Hepaticas there. I like the word “loggery”.

  8. hoehoegrow says:

    What a good idea, as a Loggery is a really good way to display ferns, as well as to encourage mini beasts. We made one and had artfully arranged the logs … until our friend, who was helping us one day, gathered them all up in the wheelbarrow as part of the ‘tidying up’ process ! Maybe they weren’t so artfully arranged after all!

  9. Goodness, you must be eating a lot of fruit and vegetables! What an enormous amount of compost!

  10. jpstacey says:

    Two smashing bins there, and great to see it’s opening up ideas elsewhere for you. We’re looking at major changes soon (the previous owners’ compost bins are in the sunniest corner of the garden!) so it’s good to have inspiration. The order in which we do things so we don’t have to (suddenly panic-)buy pre-built bins will be interesting….

    I just realised I never followed up on my comment on your previous bin-related post, as I hadn’t set it to send me an email. I like the idea of screw assembly—very sturdy—although I’m not sure I have the woodworking skills of a cabinet maker. Maybe now’s the time to try!

  11. Jean says:

    I’ve been wishing for hepaticas, and I have some old rotting logs in the woods beside my driveway. It sounds as though that would be a good place to try planing Hepatica. Thanks for the tip.

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