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compost heap discoveries

B3B3 Posts: 27,340
So far: 1 pair of secateurs 1 cheese knife - great for weeding between slabs and a few chocolate wrappers.
In London. Keen but lazy.


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,877

    I used to find all sorts when I was a gardener for other people. 

    Secateurs were regular, but also the odd phone and penknives

    Folk chuck them in the bucket whilst weeding and forget about them

  • I found what i thought was a snake when out checking for slugs around 11pm...Think it was a slow worm....S Myself lol image ..didnt stop me videoing it. image

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,021

    Secateurs.  Brand new Felcos when lost by daughter.  Now they need a new blade.

    Trowel.  Left by OH after cleaning grass from under the Flymo.

    Toads hibernating.  

    Field mice nesting.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Ant nest.

  • B3B3 Posts: 27,340
    Not finished delving yet. What treasures await?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • barry islandbarry island Posts: 1,840

    I discovered a wasps nest under construction in one of mine several years ago so luckily I was able to disrupt their nest building before it got out of hand and became a nuisance. Just the other day I lifted the lid on one of my compost bins on the allotment and disturbed a mouse which ran around and around before escaping down a hole in the half composted material, usually I give short shrift to mice but as it was on the allotment and I already knew that mice regularly live in the compost bins I let it get on with life but I do wish that they would stop eating the worms as the compost would decompose much better if it was full of worms.

  • B3B3 Posts: 27,340
    Maybe they're eating some weed seeds too!
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • LesleyKLesleyK Posts: 4,029

    I didn't find what my compost bin had hidden in it for months after I mulched the borders ......thousands and thousands of stachys seedlingsimage.  Won't put them in againimage.


  • pr1mr0sepr1mr0se Posts: 1,193

    Rats!  Sorted the problem, but have found slow worms nesting (the eggs are fascinating), voles, ants.

    Also sympathise re the seedlings:  years and years ago a "friend" gave me some seeds: Nicandra.  At the end of the season, I composted the plants with what I thought were unripe seedheads.  I am still finding the plants popping up, over a decade later!

  • A dunnock's nest complete with babies in the bin that is full and cooking at the moment. Also loads of teabags, which is strange because I haven't tried to compost them for years!

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