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mostly worked on last year's pile. I have some bulbs sprouting on the side and something is growing out of the top of the pile. I hope this year's pile is hot enough to break those chips down.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Need to ask Joan for horse manure.
Monday, June 11, 2012
norway wood chips
Moved them onto the compost piles, covering growth on both this and last year's piles. Hope it's growth suppression qualities will help keep the vinca minor and bubls from sprouting like they did in last year's pile.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
dug out endless lilies/iris? and vinca minor, dumped them in gobs and clumps on the compost pile. Too big of chunks? Is pile hot enough to degrade them? I'm alos worried because it looks like mint migrated from black plastic composter and invaded the dianthus. Now I have to dig that whole area up.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
went to bury some kitchen waste amongst the grass cuttings and the pile was hot. Woohoo!
I mowed the day before yesterday, dumped the grass cuttings then put a shovelful of last year's pile on top. It rained overnight and then I mowed some more yesterday and dumped the grass cuttings on top. Rained again last night and the pile is cooking. Think I'll shovel another spadeful onto the pile tomorrow.
Left the top off the black compost bin today as I think it's too dry. We're supposed to get rain tonight.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
emptied three of my six kitty litter pails while seeding the backyard and left a trace of compost in the bottoms for the rain to begin making me some compost tea!
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
sowed colorado blue and eastern red columbine around sides of bed, carex pennsylvanica and little bluestem around entrance and turk's cap lily in bare spot from last pile. it will be interesting to see what comes up as the colorado seeds are from last year.
Friday, April 20, 2012
landscape/flowers for bins
Bins are in a very sunny spot in the front yard. I think I'll plant Eastern Columbines front and sides, and carex pennsylvanica behind. I think also I'll seed the yard between the bin and the hemlock with carex pennsylvanica and buffalo grass. Maybe that whole front section, in fact.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
created wire bins
measured out two bins, approx 4x4x5, used green steel stakes. Dug post holes about a foot deep for each post, filled with stones, then added sandy soil from roadside and tamped them down. Posts are somewhat stable. Wrapped 4' high chicken wire from stake to stake and one section down the middle dividing the two bins. My posts are leaning and chicken wire isn't very sturdy, so now I understand why people make wooden frames for their compost bins and/or use heavy gauge wire. Well, these bins will do for a couple of years.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
I got a lot of compost from that big pile in my front yard. I filled six 25 - 28 lb Tidy Cat canisters with compost. It's not completely decomposed, so I'm leaving the canister lids off for a few days, hoping it bakes and dries. I'll have to put the lids on for the big rain expected this weekend.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
time to frame permanent compost bins
My forsythia blooms are fading, time to prune, and therefore time to stake out new compost bins.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
sweet versus yucky
Got compost from two different beds this weekend. What a difference! The one in the backyard (the oldest pile) was full of well-decomposed, sweet-smelling dark brown compost, fluffy, not too moist, not dried out, just right.
Compost from bed I THOROUGHLY soaked last fall was soggy, smelled rotten, had bulbs growing on and in it and full of sticky clumps that reeked of alcohol. Left that one open to air out and decompose more.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Black plastic compost bin was inundated withe bees about a month ago, but ever since I added lots of dry leaf matter, they've left it alone. I've been digging into that pile from time to time and tossing the materials, need to do so again and add some of the grass clippings from backyard pile.