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.