Hackney Permaculture


Free compost in Hackney
September 9, 2009, 7:00 pm
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free compost in hackney marshes

free compost in hackney marshes

Okay, East London Community Recycling Partnership are gods – officially.

A few weeks back I helped Stepping Stones Farm in Stepney pick up a few tonnes of free compost from a depot on the south edge of hackney marshes – they have wood chip too, a LOT of woodchip… and a LOT of compost… did I mention that yet? LOADS OF IT.

The picture above gives you an idea of a small part of the depot which is officially open during the day on week days… but you could easily pop in at other times as much of it is not really fenced off.

Address is Hackney Parks Depot, E5 9PF- you can see it on via the map below – it is just at the top of the car park

http://maps.google.com/maps?oe=UTF-8&q=London+E5,+United+Kingdom&ie=UTF8&hl=en&cd=4&geocode=FVDHEgMdTDH__w&split=0&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=23.875,57.630033&ll=51.552843,-0.024102&spn=0.002585,0.006968&t=h&z=18&iwloc=A

A few days after I went and picked up the compost they called me up and asked me if I could take a few tonnes more… seriously get your arse down there and get growing!

There website mentions nothing about this – go figure – http://www.elcrp-recycling.com/

If you also need leaf mould try here – https://hackneypermaculture.org.uk/2008/09/22/free-compost-from-hackney-downs-park/

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Finishing up the front garden
December 21, 2008, 4:19 pm
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With the concrete cleared from the front of the house, Angela kindly helped me fetch sixteen more bags of free compost from Hackney Downs Park and Liz started to make a lovely path.

Free compost - lovely

Free compost - lovely!

How many bags of compost can we fit in one go?

How many bags can we fit in one go?

A slightly blurry Liz rakes the compost

A slightly blurry Liz rakes the compost

Lets make a path

Lets make a path

Finished but we ran out of bricks

Finished but we ran out of bricks for the path



All mulched
Many hands make light work and yesterday four of us managed to bring ten more bags of compost back from the park and finish mulching the second half of our main growing space in next to no time at all.
Hackney Downs compost area

Hackney Downs compost area with official council sign

Main area fully mulched

Main area fully mulched

After mulching we split into two groups – Claudia and Parastow broke up some strawberry plants, which had been rescued from somewhere else, into smaller pots so they will survive the winter with some water and love.

Next they planted some rainbow chard which was already looking fairly tasty as it had started life in the same place as the strawberries.

Freshly planted Rainbow Chard

Freshly planted Rainbow Chard

Meanwhile Laura and I began to clear out the bed at the rear of the garden which revelead a dead bed frame, a kids trike and scooter, three barbeques, a couple of dead chairs and numerous other bits of junk.

We also spent an age filling up the pond but it was empty again this morning so we obviously need to do a better job of blocking the plug hole!

Dead bed and other misc junk

Dead bed and other misc junk



I mulch, therefore i am
September 26, 2008, 7:49 pm
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Today was mulching day – we had Vanessa and Geri join us and the sun came out too, lovely.

Mulching (as I understand it) is the process of preparing areas of soil/weeds/land for planting by layering stuff on top which will given time and patience turn into lovely wonderful, fertile and weed-free soil.

We went for a layer of cardboard, a layer of hackney downs famous leaf compost, and a layer of garden cuttings from a neighbours garden:

Mulching - The First Cardboard Layer

Mulching - The first cardboard layer

Mulching - more cardboard please

Mulching - more cardboard please

Mulching - The second compost layer

Mulching - The second compost layer

Mulching - getting undesirables out of the cuttings

Mulching - getting undesirables out of the cuttings

Mulching - Flattening the top cuttings layer

Mulching - Flattening the top cuttings layer



Day 2 – Compost and pond building
September 21, 2008, 6:24 pm
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A week later and with the help of Dean ‘I love digging holes’ Firth we are now off the starting blocks.

We got four palettes from the art supplier just round the corner to make our compost and used an old blind to bind it together and fill in the holes:

The start of our compost

The start of our compost

Downstairs were throwing out a bin and we dug a hole to sink it into the ground – this is going to be the start of our pond hopefully!

Dean preparing the bath tub and the girls fixing the compost

Dean preparing the bath tub and the girls fixing the compost

Oh, and Claudia found a grape vine which was pretty cool and unexpected.

The Grape Vine

The Grape Vine

The Garden

The Garden