Saturday, May 27, 2017


I know our friend does not like plastic in the garden. I'm not keen about plastic IN the garden soil but high density polyethylene (HDPE, Recycle #2) for transport and short term storage is hard to beat. Sorry. I'm still open to improvement. OK. Assembling five buckets (not "bouquets") of potting soil (3) and compost (2), three of which were store bought and two are homemade (one of each). We agreed upon tags on the outside of the buckets so I'm inside the house looking for the photo of our first garden as a tag for the homemade ingredients...

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Dirty Bugs

I am on the computer this morning to edit a video I recorded from dirt in our garden. The soil was taken near a drip line under the lemon tree next to the rabbit cage...

Friday, April 17, 2015

Community garden

Weekly visit. Harvested rest of carrots (planted, Nov. 2014). Watered front 16 beds plus east trees. Concerned about second from north. Soil held no water. Leaves yellow, thin. Vertical compost with fruit tree food at drip line?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Saturday, February 7, 2015


Sprouted! Natural temperatures, conditions. Seems early. Volunteers!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Compost tumbler

Revitalization of our ancient, 14-year old tumbler is still in progress. Yesterday, a short trip to the hardware store for a pipe and some bolts to replace the rusted core.

Today, Lee and I were able to pick up a bag of "grounds for the garden" from our local Starbucks. We had fun breaking up the espresso clods into the tumbler. The leaves and steer manure are a week old but already look months old!

My temperatures are not over a hundred yet. It has been years since I made two-week compost. Next week, I'll put it all into my growing pile and start again. I've been using a leaf vacuum to shred the leaves but I think I need to increase my manure balance too.

P.S. the hose is for some water in a tub to de-gas. I'm sure the chlorine in the water set me back last batch.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

No pineapple to worm bin