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Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

October 25, 2006
7:22 PM

Post #2849619

As winter approaches we sit and wait
ever so slowly our compost to make,
We glance into it time after time
the underlayments of soil sublime
But little of change occurs deep within,
we reluctantly retire to wait in the den
As gardens are covered with blankets of white,
We sit in hours and hours of long winter night.

This is what we need to do while we wait for the Compost to bake. Give us some of your poems, favorite poems, or garden poems to keep us alive this long season.
renwings
Sultan, WA
(Zone 8a)

October 26, 2006
12:47 AM

Post #2850576

Did you write that? I think it captures the anxiety I get every winter. Soon soon soon!
I have so many favorite garden poems.

The Seed Shop
Muriel Stewart

Here in a quiet and dusty room they lie,
Faded as crumbled stone or shifted sand,
Forlorn as ashes, shriveled, scentless, dry--
Meadows and gardens running threw my hand.

In this brown husk a dale of hawthorn dreams;
A ceder in this narrow cell is thrust
That will drink deeply of a century's streams;
These lillies shall make summer on my dust.

Here in their safe and simple house of death,
Sealed in their shells, a million roses leap;
Here I can blow a garden with my breath,
And in my hand a forest lies asleep.

My favorite haiku for note cards:

What a delight it is
When, of a morning,
I get up and go out
To find in full bloom a flower
That yesterday was not there.
-Tachibana Akemi
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

October 26, 2006
3:32 AM

Post #2851281

Great renwings that is what we need to make the long nights by the fire. Yes I created that in my angst of approaching winter. Though I look forward to the nights on the Chaise reading my self into the worlds of fiction.
[quote]And in my hand a forest lies asleep.[/quote] How true is such a thought that what we hold is a potential forest.


This message was edited Oct 25, 2006 9:41 PM
kmom246
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)

October 26, 2006
11:54 PM

Post #2853817

In the dark of the moon, in flying snow, in the dead of winter,
war spreading, families dying, the world in danger,
I walk the rocky hillside, sowing clover.

"February 2, 1968" --Wendell Berry

happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

October 27, 2006
12:01 AM

Post #2853844

I'm now in my office so dark and drear,
I really wish the summer were here,
So I could see if the seeds I will sow,
Will sprout and blossom and allow me to crow,
"Hooray."

Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

October 27, 2006
12:12 AM

Post #2853872

sometimes you need to just have hope and act that all is better. Its the little things we do to keep our sanity. Kind of dark but we have all been there. Thanks kmom.
Yes arrrrrrrhhhhhh!!! My seeds!

This message was edited Oct 26, 2006 6:13 PM
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 27, 2006
2:56 PM

Post #2855559

There once was a gardener named sofer
who was driven to war with a gopher
when he finally won
he knew what must be done
just take her out back and compost her
Magpye
NW Qtr, AR
(Zone 6a)

October 27, 2006
3:00 PM

Post #2855571

( Applause ) .. brigidlily!! A mitey dandy one!!

* 'Howdy' Soferdig *

- Magpye
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 27, 2006
3:02 PM

Post #2855574

why... thank you kindly...
renwings
Sultan, WA
(Zone 8a)

October 27, 2006
6:08 PM

Post #2856156

That's clever!
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

October 27, 2006
6:46 PM

Post #2856273

Brigidlily, thank you for the honor
Sofer bows down to hands you his crown,
with joyous applause for the wonder cause,
by lightening our hearts with composting arts,
as we patiently await our winter abate,
sitting near the fire... with compost desire.


This message was edited Oct 28, 2006 1:28 PM
winging
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

October 30, 2006
1:16 AM

Post #2863603

There once was a girl from Nantucket :)
who put kitchen scraps in a bucket.
Every weekend or so
to the compost she'd go
And into the bin she would chuck it!

w
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

October 30, 2006
2:01 AM

Post #2863791

Was the girl from nantucket bulemic? ...Oh now I see. Good one winging!
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

October 30, 2006
2:08 PM

Post #2864830

I enjoyed all your poems. I am not good with poetry so nothing to add, will just enjoy what the rest of you post.

Donna
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

October 30, 2006
2:36 PM

Post #2864931

Buried in snow the compost below
sits and sleeps, we all think, but
Millions of bugs and uncounted slugs,
Feast and fill on the carbonacous swill,
Certainly slow as we all know,
for all the degrees are down on their knees,
but the warmth contained in the blanketed remains,
patiently awaits all the garden greats,
that will apear as the summer draws near.
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 30, 2006
2:43 PM

Post #2864960

Dreamy quality to something so real! Very nice! Forgive me for limiting myself to limericks for the moment, but --

there was a young gardener named Ruth
whose plants were her poems in truth
but when she was asked
said she loved the task --
without juniper, there's no vermouth!

(yes, I know juniper makes gin, not vermouth -- but I have a poetic license)
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 30, 2006
2:49 PM

Post #2864983

there once was a gardener named winging
whose plants were composted by singing
for warbling on
from dusk until dawn
winging's singing had neighbor's mud-flinging

edited to say -- NO OFFENSE! you're probably a great singer!

This message was edited Oct 30, 2006 9:50 AM
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

October 30, 2006
3:53 PM

Post #2865212

Good ones, I like limericks I just can't see them in prose. Keep em coming.
jozeeben
Acton, TN
(Zone 7a)

October 30, 2006
11:34 PM

Post #2866709

Thought I'd recycle on old 80's song by Windy Chopper (I mean Cyndi Lauper)! I know it doesn't count as poetry . . . but it's been going through my head and I just had to get it out.

Girls Just Want To Have Dung

The rooster crows in the morning light
My wifey says you're gonna end your life right
oh wifey dear, he's not the fortunate one
and girls they just want to have dung
oh girls just want to have dung

The rooster crows in the middle of the night,
My wifey yells that's the end of your life
(I better watch my snoring or I'll be the one)
and girls they just want to have dung
oh girls just want to have dung

that's all they really want
some dung
when the spoilt hay is done
girls -- they want to have dung
oh girls just want to have dung

Some boys take their beautiful leaves
and leave them on the curb for trash in a heap
I want to be the one to take them from sun
and mix them with some chicken dung
oh girls they want to have dung

that all the really want
some dung
...

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Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

October 31, 2006
3:16 AM

Post #2867455

None of the girls I know want to have dung. Man you had to look a long time to find that chicken.
jozeeben
Acton, TN
(Zone 7a)

October 31, 2006
10:27 AM

Post #2867773

Soferdig - You just haven't found the right girl! Mulch, spoiled hay, horse manure, cow pies make my girl happy. Don't matter what the chicken looks like as long as the output is good! LOL

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rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

October 31, 2006
2:19 PM

Post #2868292

I forgot to shut the little door into the chicken house that the chickens use, last night. Afraid it got pretty chilly in there last night. Got down to 13 degrees here. Our coldest night so far. But they have more feathers than the funny one above. HaHa

Donna
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

October 31, 2006
4:54 PM

Post #2868854

Have you ever had any chickens freeze off their feet Donna? I had a couple who did when I raised them in Michigan. they couldn't roost but it didn't seem to bother them much.
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

November 1, 2006
1:09 AM

Post #2870403

One of my hens (they are large type banties) has deformed feet and I thought it was probably from frostbite a few years ago. I do have a heat lamp bulb hanging from the ceiling right over their roost post, which I will have to turn on soon. they aren't laying now, maybe they are too old, they were given to me 6 years ago, so they are old now.
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

November 1, 2006
1:55 AM

Post #2870538

Yeah pullets are very productive and about 5 years old they are done. Time to get some new girls for eggs let the others work the garden area. Coyotes will have fun with them.
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

November 1, 2006
2:05 PM

Post #2871669

The only way coyotes can get in my yard are through the gate way or crawl under the gate when it is closed. And this summer a mother coyote during our hot weather came into the yard and laid down in parking area about 50 feet out from the house. I went out and chased her out and saw a young one just outside the fence, chased it away too. And an hour or so later the mother was back laying again in the parking area. That is the only time I have ever seen one in the yard. Hear them yipping out back outside of the fence, see them down in the alfalfa field. If it weren't for the prevalence of coyotes I would like to have a kind of mini-dwarf goat or two .
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

November 2, 2006
3:56 AM

Post #2874191

THE WORRY OF WINTER

I search and plan,
I read to understand
but nought I find
to ease my mind.
As the winter decent
Its temps present
a bud numbing cold
of the story to unfold.
This plant I so chose
with its buds or its toes
perish in the darkness of night
or in the spring take flight?
claypa
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

November 2, 2006
4:28 AM

Post #2874254

Soferdig, I don't know if you ever heard of Loren Eisley, but among the books he wrote, there is a poetry book called,"The Innocent Assassins". One of the poems is called "The Leaf Pile". It's too long to type here, and I don't think I could indent it properly on the computer, not to mention the copyright infringement, but you would love it, I'm sure, if you haven't readit already. Lots of poems about prehistoric animals and natural history
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

November 2, 2006
4:17 PM

Post #2875302

Sounds like a must read. Thank you claypa.
winging
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 2, 2006
11:55 PM

Post #2876578

I'm really enjoying this thread. Love the newest one, soferdig. And all of them. Girls just wanna have dung...that's great!

Soferdig said: "Was the girl from nantucket bulemic? ...Oh now I see. Good one winging!"
>>>>LOL, it's chuck not *upchuck*! :)

And brigidlily: I loved the limerick about winging's singing. Gave me pause for a moment. Hmmm, is she one of my neighbors?? Ack! ;) Excellent.

What a talented and clever group of folks.

w
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

November 3, 2006
5:07 AM

Post #2877290

Summer Soft
by Judy DePauw

Past Midnight, lost in reverie
her slender, white-draped form
haunts my flower bed:
smelling of balm and berry;
plenteous with pink anemone.

Miss Emily

Movement along my garden path:
footfalls follow consummate care
one cobblestone to the next.
Sleepy, moon blue pasqueflowers:
their essence - with her - commingle.

Resurrection Lily

Black-green vines intertwine,
even as their purple souls,
in nighttime, nod her toward
the unrivaled aroma of my red rose.
"Oh, the Sensuous aroma of my red rose!"

I wonder, this moment,
if the pungent scent of earth
touches her - as you now touch me...
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 3, 2006
3:12 PM

Post #2878106

Christina Rosetti wrote:

In the bleak midwinter
frosty wind made moan
earth was hard as iron
water like a stone
snow was falling
snow on snow
snow on snow
in the bleak midwinter
long ago

Now, if that doesn't make you want to curl up with a cup of cocoa and a pile of catalogs, with a dog sleeping at your feet, nothing will.

Edited to say, I'll be out of town for a week, but if I come up with any more limericks I'll share when I get back. Happy gardening while I'm gone, everyone!

This message was edited Nov 3, 2006 10:13 AM
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

November 4, 2006
3:04 AM

Post #2879825

After the snow fell...
...
...
...


Oh well why write.

This message was edited Nov 3, 2006 9:05 PM
renwings
Sultan, WA
(Zone 8a)

November 4, 2006
10:18 PM

Post #2881824

Here is another of my favorites. I think of it every year when I put my borders to bed for the winter.

The Gardener
-Arthur Symons

The gardener in his old brown hands
Turns over the brown earth,
As if he loves and understands
The flowers before their birth,
The fragile little childish strands
He buries in the earth.
Like pious children one by one
He sets them head by head,
And draws the the clothes, when all is done,
Closely around each head,
And leaves the children to sleep on
In the one quiet bed.
gloria125
Greensboro, AL

November 6, 2006
12:44 AM

Post #2885606

soferdig: I just read your old thread, soil and composting: dung and doo doo. I read the whole thing. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Tomorrow I sharpen my shovel and clear off some space for some raised beds. Then its wheelbarrowing rabbit poop and shredded pine bark. I am inspired!
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

November 6, 2006
1:08 AM

Post #2885691

Inspiration is the purpose for living. Find it and hold on to it. Reward yourself with praise every minute you work the new beds. I tell myself that my plants are singing to me and soon they are. There is no better way to garden than to have your plants sing and smile while you are planning their future in a raised bed. Have joy Gloria 125!
Do you hear the sumac singing M. Butterfly?

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Early_Bloomer
Springboro, PA
(Zone 5a)

November 25, 2006
11:14 PM

Post #2943749

Because you can die of overwork,
because you can die of the fire that melts rock,
because you can die of the poison
that kills the beetle and the slug,
we must come again to worship you on our knees,
the common living dirt.

---Marge Piercy


early_bloomer




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brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 27, 2006
3:27 PM

Post #2947677

You probably all know the Kipling poem:

Oh, Adam was a gardener
And the God who made him sees
That half a proper gardener's work
Is done upon his knees.

Starzz

Starzz
Newcastle, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 9, 2008
2:14 PM

Post #4515257

I enjoyed reading this old thread..thanks
I have had this poem saved for a long time on my computer...seems fitting here..

To know someone here or there with whom you can
feel there is understanding in spite of distances or
thoughts expressed -- That can make life a garden.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Cheers,

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woofie
Chewelah, WA
(Zone 5a)

February 9, 2008
4:44 PM

Post #4515849

This isn't poetry (or then again maybe it is), it's Emily Dickinson's definition of poetry:

"If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold that no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?"

sannajane
Eureka, CA

February 9, 2008
5:41 PM

Post #4516069

What a collection!
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

February 9, 2008
6:01 PM

Post #4516149

OK so we continue:

Alone in the chill from the ice covered glaze
I look through glass deep in a haze
I focus on the dreams of my garden next year
Such thoughts allow the crystal debris to disappear
Tree, flower and bush bright color arrives
And warms the perception of my wintry eyes
The sun blazes and burns bringing summer in kind
To my heart filled with hope and the garden in mind.
Soferdickenson.
Sorry Woofie but such poetry does not flow from my pen because in the end I work my art from the garden of my heart.
woofie
Chewelah, WA
(Zone 5a)

February 9, 2008
6:21 PM

Post #4516218

Sofer, I have no idea what you are apologizing FOR.

Starzz

Starzz
Newcastle, ON
(Zone 5a)

February 9, 2008
7:30 PM

Post #4516455

Mr. Soferdickenson.. :)

Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
gloria125
Greensboro, AL

February 12, 2008
11:53 PM

Post #4530190

I love this thread. It is always an inspiration to look for something else could go in that pile!

Soferdickenson! Poet laureate of the compost pile.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 15, 2008
3:01 AM

Post #4540074

You know...I tried to start a "Garden Poems" site a few years ago and not much really came of it. I am glad that this is going now. Maybe I will write a Poem to my dysfunctional composter. It will be more like venting...which my Composter bin needs badly!

I have written TWO Poems TO my Garden. The below is the first one. Did this in 2004.
It was a year when we still had snow on the ground in March. It seemed Spring would never come! I was very impatient...
s

SPRING

Make a wish for the sun to shine-
Let the days be yours and mine.
Flowers swaying in the breeze,
Birds all singing in the trees.

Snow to melt and grass to grow.
Tulip heads in my beds to show.
Geese on wings in the sky above
All living things-- so full of love.

The earth is stirring--my green grass grows
Daffodils blooming in pretty rows.
Robins hop, and sparrows nest--
Which fork in the tree will be the best?

I scan my garden and hope for the best,
That all will be well, before I rest.
Where soil is now--oh so bare!
My flowers will be fighting for a
place to share.


I worry and fret, I scan the scene,
Will it ever again soon be green?
Will roses bloom and lilacs sway
Their fragrance wafting over my way?

I have to remind me, day by day,
That nature always has her way.
Flowers grow--and seeds they sow,
And where they land...I do not know!

Here's a pansy--there's a mint!
Sunflowers!!!...I had no hint!
Here's a maple--there's a holly,
What's peeking out there?...
It's Lily of the Valley!

I sit and I savor--on my porch swing I rest,
Again to my Garden, I have given my best.
My eyes and my senses caress all I see,
And, again, it has given it's all to me!

I look at the earth-- I look at the sky,
I see another summer flying bye.
I fear not!--worry not!...for you see,
There will always be another spring for me.

Love,
Gita

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 15, 2008
3:07 AM

Post #4540098

Here's the one I wrote just last year. It has nothing to do with a compost pile, BUT--a garden would be NOTHING without the rich earth we work so hard to provide.

I really love this Poem! I sometimes cannot believe that I wrote it. It is NOT a rhyming Poem--so read it in a "prose" fashion...


The Garden WakesÖ..
(Gita Veskimets-- April, 2007)

The Garden wakes--
It's breast heaves slowly.
With all its dormant strength
it takes a breath
and blows away the remnants of Winter.
And it feels renewed.

The Garden wakes--
It sighs at all yet to be done
and hopes of glorious things to come.
It drinks in the dew in the morning
and the rain of the night.
And its thirst is quenched.

The Garden wakes--
It wipes the sleep from its eyes
and is blinded
by all the glory and the color
that laid beneath the earth so long.
And it revels in things well done.

The Garden gives--
unselfishly--of all the bounty it has cradled
in it's loving arms;
And at days end
It rolls itself up in the green, green grass
And it rests.

The Garden sighs--
the burden now heavy on it's chest.
It gasps for cool air
and thirsts for refreshing rains and soothing nights
that now come so seldom--
and it tires of the effort.

The Garden struts--
Itís wondrous wardrobe of the Fall,
lovingly embroidered with the colors of the setting Sun.
and feels that it was a job well done.
And before the golden yarns unravel from its cape,
It lays its head on the soft, fallen leavesó

The Garden sleeps.
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

February 15, 2008
4:31 AM

Post #4540504

You are too good to be here. Those are great! Well done Gitagal. Keep them coming. Garden wakes, gives, sighs, struts and sleeps. Oh yes.
gloria125
Greensboro, AL

February 15, 2008
12:31 PM

Post #4541078

I am not a poet, but I love coming to this thread to see all the creative thinking. Thanks Gitagal. Thanks Soferdig.
woofie
Chewelah, WA
(Zone 5a)

February 15, 2008
2:38 PM

Post #4541439

Gitagal, that poem is lovely. Thank you.
CompostR
south central, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 15, 2008
9:25 PM

Post #4543304

Wow! How wonderful these all are. I just went back and read all. How lovely.

Here's one I wrote last year:

The Cabbages and I

I go down to the greenhouse,
deep in the green
am I,
who hand-care you round heads
of leaves
who make no audible sound
yet pound through my blood
in verdant demand
and drum into dreams your folded tongues.

I go bound to your sermon
to behold your bold union, your blind yield;
as they are scribed on my soul, that base euphony,
that concord of earth we share
and that obscure longing.

But, uh, as to "no audible sound" I don't know. I posted this before but only 3 people checked it out - you have to hear this, it's the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpfYt7vRHuY


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Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

February 15, 2008
10:07 PM

Post #4543431

Yes they do "pound through our blood in verdant demand" A true poet has given us purpose to bow down. Compostr do you write often?
Loved the vegetable ensemble. Too bad the carrot flute got slurred. It started well.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 16, 2008
4:23 AM

Post #4544877

CompostR,

Love your Poem! WHY? Because you are really, really good with metaphors! You have a way with words...and it is up to the reader to decipher just WHAT you meant.
What is "euphony"? Now--"phony" has to do with sound...so, what is the "eu"???

I enjoyed the You Tube link as well. Will sent that to some of my Vegetarian friends...

Gita
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

February 16, 2008
4:28 AM

Post #4544892

Gita I saw it as a percussion of feelings beating on his/her heart = Euphony...?
CompostR
south central, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 16, 2008
2:41 PM

Post #4545634

aw, shucks - thanks. I have written all my life, but only occasionally, when inspired.

"base euphony" - I meant the shared basic biological/evolutional fact of being alive. euphony just means a nice sound.

the vegetable orchestra is supposed to be touring the US this summer, but I haven't been able to find any more info. If anybody does, please alert!



doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

February 16, 2008
6:41 PM

Post #4546713

Excellent reading, y'all. I don't write poetry, but I like yours. :)

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 17, 2008
3:51 AM

Post #4548920

doccat5,

Awww! Come on! I know you can write a small bit of poetry!

Just do a 4 line "ditty" here. It's not hard.

Here, I'll do one!

I own this black, plastic "thing"
That promised much compost to seep
But try as I may, and to my dismay
The good stuff's just buried too deep!

Gita

Now it is YOUR turn!
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

February 17, 2008
5:33 AM

Post #4549208

Cow poo added to leaves
Black Gold!


Haiku
CompostR
south central, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 17, 2008
2:06 PM

Post #4549731

I love these funny ones!
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

February 17, 2008
4:27 PM

Post #4550277

"The progression of the pile"
Crisp and crackly the debris begins
Layered green grass the mold is in
Autumn rains bring on the ooze
All bacteria and bugs will choose
This brings up those worms to chew
On the carbonaceous leafy goo.
Needing to tunnel to have a good ... Tunneling experience.

Soferdickenson.
gloria125
Greensboro, AL

February 17, 2008
4:43 PM

Post #4550385

HaHaHa!
Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

February 17, 2008
6:21 PM

Post #4550793

Shades of Emily, for sure, Sofer!!

More, more, more!

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 17, 2008
7:45 PM

Post #4551131

My problem is that this "black, plastic thing" I use as a composter is NOT open to the elements, except for venting holes all around. I tell you--it is almost useless!
It is the one called the "Earth machine" and sold from truck-loads once a year somewhere on a mall parking lot.

It has a top part and a hbottom part that "snap" (yeah, right!) together and has this little drawer at the bottom that, as if by magic, will just spill out your rich, composted humoussy soil. DOUBLE HA!!!!!!

For one--it is impossible to turn anything over in this thing. If you could separate the top and bottom, then there might be a chance, but if this composter is full--NO GO! I tried once to move the contents around with a pitch fork, but--needing to use the side of the container for leverage--promptly cracked it.

The other issue is getting the "good stuff" out the bottom. This little, lift up drawer is about a foot square and at ground level. Last time I tried to get some stuff out, I was fishing around down there forever with my digging fork and got just a bit out. It is dark and compacted "down there".

The year before, I simply emptied out the whole container to get to the "good stuff" at the bottom half. This meant separating everything I dug out in 2 different containers. One was my wheelbarrow the other was a big piece of plastic on the ground. The un-composted things went on the plastic and got put back into the Earth machine...
The "good stuff" got spread all over where I needed it, and then, for a month afterwards, I had to keep pulling up all the sprouting melon seeds and tomato seeds. I eat a lot of both.

I don't think anything heats up as hot as needed to kill anything in here. It is not the biggest thing and, not being able to aerate the contents, it just takes about 2 years for anything to compost.

DON'T BUY THIS IF YOU WANT COMPOST IN A HURRY!!!!!

I don't know if I have a picture of this, but you can Google "The Earth Machine" and see what it looks like...
I'll go look! Hang in there! OK! This took about 20 minutes and the best i could come up with is this picture. See that "black thing" in the distance? Just under the curve of the branch of my Birch Tree? That is the "glorious" Earth Machine"!!!!! ...barf!

By the way, the shrub you see in the forefront is the "Wintersweet Shrub" (Chimanthus praecox). Kind of rare! It is "blooming" right now. Quite fragrant! I have seeds for it, but you would have to commit to about 7 years of it growing before it "might" bloom.

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Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

February 18, 2008
1:07 AM

Post #4552335

The problem with all composters is the stuff that makes it compost is not in there. You have to have contact with the soil for worms, pill bugs, bacteria, and fungus. Even here in the spring through summer I compost about 3 to 6 cu yards of compost in less than 2 to 3 months. I do shred though. You can help it a bit with a couple hand fulls of soil and worms.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 18, 2008
3:33 AM

Post #4553188

Soferdig,

Oh, I have worms--and I have tons of Pillbugs--fat ones--in there all year long! The larva of those are so ravenous! I look in there and they are devouring all my melon rinds, my tomato scraps, and any other fruit refuse. And, the year I dug out the whole composter, you should have seen the worms in there!!!! So, I have all that.

I do not throw a lot of twigs, leaves or grass in there--some, but not a lot. It just does not have the volume to deaal with all that! I do throw clippings of cut back plants in there and in the Fall, all the ones I pull up--which have soil on the roots. Also--every now and then, I throw a handful of Kelp Meal, or lawn fertilizer or dried manure in there for the NItrogen. As you can see- I AM doing all the right things...except being able to turn the contents over as needed.
I find it amazing, though, that I can keep throwing veggie refuse stuff, garden stuff, some dried grass clippings, leaves etc. in there for TWO years and the thing never gets overfilled! Something must be working on it!!!!

Yup! Them slimy critters are devouring all this stuff in there all right!

Gita
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

February 18, 2008
4:02 AM

Post #4553357

Well you have worm castings. Feel lucky then. Well done because there are about 50 threads on failure of composting bins.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 18, 2008
4:10 AM

Post #4553403

I still don't like the one I have! But--I live in a development, and NO ONE has compost piles/bins around here except me!

I wish I could just have a compost pile made of 4 pallets on each side--or one with cinder blocks all around--but I just don't have room. No where to hide it or camouflage it!
That is why I fell for the advertising "soft-sell" of this stupid thing!

UGH! Gita
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

February 18, 2008
4:20 AM

Post #4553433

My compost pile is the center of my garden and I think it is quite attractive. Made it out of deck railing I took down to build my sun room. Ignore the bags. Just storing the stuff I bought that day.

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Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 18, 2008
4:24 AM

Post #4553450

Oh, the wormy, squirmy things I see
They chew all day--all night excrete,
When I peek in my compost bin!
I know that they're all living in sin!!!!

Greasy, gray things squirm around,
Eat everything that can be found--
But in return, one sunny day
To them I'll gladly pay and pay...

On my beds the "poo" I'll spread
Plant my flowers and never dread.
That my poor Garden soil will know...
And my flowers will just grow and grow!

Another "ditty" for you all! Appropriately, created on the spot!

Gita
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

February 18, 2008
4:24 AM

Post #4553453

Mine's pallets which have been slightly rearranged to handle more "in coming", but since I live in an areas that's single family houses and I really don't care what the neighbors think. I got highly amused because the young fella next door has been over 3 times and the last time brought DH a huge tarp for the pile. Asked all kinds of questions and is very interested in what we're doing. Wait till he sees the garden. They weren't here for the last big one...LOL
CompostR
south central, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 18, 2008
4:06 PM

Post #4555243

Beauty sofer!
GardenSox
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 23, 2008
10:30 PM

Post #5148994

This is not strictly a gardening poem and it has nothing to do at all with composting, but I've always thought it was a great love poem that I think most gardeners can appreciate:

To Dorothy
by Marvin Bell

You are not beautiful, exactly.
You are beautiful, inexactly.
You let a weed grow by the mulberry
And a mulberry grow by the house.
So close, in the personal quiet
Of a windy night, it brushes the wall
And sweeps away the day till we sleep.

A child said it, and it seemed true:
"Things that are lost are all equal."
But it isn't true. If I lost you,
The air wouldn't move, nor the tree grow.
Someone would pull the weed, my flower.
The quiet wouldn't be yours. If I lost you,
I'd have to ask the grass to let me sleep.
gloria125
Greensboro, AL

June 23, 2008
10:47 PM

Post #5149077

GardenSox.

Beautiful. I hope this pile gets going again!

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 24, 2008
2:17 AM

Post #5150240

Oh, Gardensox!
You are such a romantic! Thanks for bumping this thread up--I had forgotten all about it...

Your Poem is beautiful! I can tell you really, really love Dorothy!

Gita

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 24, 2008
3:03 AM

Post #5150474

OK! Now that we have closed the gap between february and end of June--how about some more people jumping in and "contributing" to this literary collection? Hay! maybe we should publish a DG booklet called: "Poetry on the Pile"...It would be a hoot!!!
Anyone want to get this going????? I am not that "brave"...

I know I like poo
and all that good stuff;
Just don't want to do--
What seems a bit tough!

Gita

GardenSox
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 24, 2008
5:15 AM

Post #5150961

Gita,

I'm glad you liked the poem. I wish I could take credit for it, but it was the great contemporary American poet, Marvin Bell, who wrote the poem for his wife, Dorothy.

It has always seemed to me that some of our greatest poets have had intimate relationships with the things growing around them . . . I guess nothing inspires us quite like the act of creation whether it be a heaping pile of compost we tend to, letting the weed grow by the mulberry, or the crafting of a few lines of poetry. Anyway, I was happy to stumble upon this thread because I've always thought of gardening and poetry as two very similar passions that go well together--like companion planting.

-Chad

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 24, 2008
6:40 PM

Post #5153255

Sorry it's been quite a few years since I wrote any poems so please forgive me for the satire!

All those great lovers of soil
With much passion and joy do they toil
When they should be outside a yardin'
They're all inside on Davesgarden
Finding a few moments to spoil.

Doug
BerkeleyAnnie
Berkeley, CA
(Zone 10a)

July 5, 2008
3:14 PM

Post #5207388

This thread needs a fresh pile of compost
coffee grinds eggshells and old toast.
The last poet was correct about
armchair gardens and rototilling keyboards
when we really should be out planting october's gourds.
But without the fertile mind to till imaginations soil
Life in the yard would be noting but toil.


I tried!
A.
gloria125
Greensboro, AL

July 5, 2008
3:47 PM

Post #5207554

Annie. great thoughts! Especially the part about getting gardens ready for fall production. Best time here in Alabama.
nanniepb
Cumberland Mtns, TN
(Zone 6b)

July 10, 2008
12:08 AM

Post #5232132

oh...I liked till imaginations soil.

thats what we all do, after all.

Bravo... (clapping) keep going. We'll cheer you on.
BerkeleyAnnie
Berkeley, CA
(Zone 10a)

July 10, 2008
3:44 AM

Post #5233493

awww thanks guys!!!
try it!!!
pleeeeeease!
A.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 10, 2008
4:14 PM

Post #5235683

Our refregirator quit today!
It's full of leftovers.
They can't be kept cold any more.
So they go in the bin.

We joined a farm cooperative -
We get dark leafy veggies,
But no one eats them except me!
They all go in the bin.

The kids buy "food" at MickeyDees -
That's not why there is money!
And still they do not eat it all,
I put it in the bin

When it is just too hot to cook,
The family goes out to eat.
The doggie bag's not for a dog,
It's for the compost bin.

~I was inspired by our current lack of refrigeration!~

Carrie
BerkeleyAnnie
Berkeley, CA
(Zone 10a)

July 10, 2008
4:53 PM

Post #5235904

Thats freeekn great!!!
so much truth.
A.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 10, 2008
6:49 PM

Post #5236462

Will it buy me a new fridge, LOL?
BerkeleyAnnie
Berkeley, CA
(Zone 10a)

July 10, 2008
10:46 PM

Post #5237617

not even an ice cube

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 10, 2008
10:56 PM

Post #5237664

Shucks. Poetry for appliances! Get it here, poetry for appliances!!!
BerkeleyAnnie
Berkeley, CA
(Zone 10a)

July 10, 2008
11:11 PM

Post #5237745

lol
ok
i'll send you a doll house toaster!
GardenSox
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 16, 2008
1:57 AM

Post #5265992

These are the things I must confess:
That I must wait, and disguise what I obsess.
I cannot, in broad daylight,
walk to the pile (that holy plight)
and discard with unabashed delight--
lest my neighbors see and complain: ďOh the smell! Oh the blight!Ē
It is not their fault, they just donít know,
what it is to turn new earth with a worn-in ho.
Around my cornered world I will spread this filth:
all around my little plot, my blessed land of tilth!
And when Iím caught, Iíll plead my guilt as true:
Yes I do, yes, I revel in this loamy stew.
Then the jury must devise its punishments,
but while they ponder, my pile still ferments.
I freely admit what Iíve done--let them take me away.
Only, let me do hard labor, let me dig the earth all day.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 16, 2008
2:50 AM

Post #5266313

We sound like moles in The Wind in the Willows - and that's high praise!
nanniepb
Cumberland Mtns, TN
(Zone 6b)

July 16, 2008
3:09 AM

Post #5266404

bravo!!!!
BerkeleyAnnie
Berkeley, CA
(Zone 10a)

July 16, 2008
1:11 PM

Post #5267742

Garden Sox... Poet Laureate of Davus Gardenus
nanniepb
Cumberland Mtns, TN
(Zone 6b)

July 16, 2008
3:43 PM

Post #5268538

I'd say we have a couple of em' in this thread.

Who is the Poet Laureate now? I just remember when Billy Collins had it two years in a row. sigh...I can waste an afternoon away with him.
GardenSox
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 16, 2008
4:07 PM

Post #5268649

Charles Simic is the current Poet Laureate. http://www.loc.gov/poetry/laureate_current.html

Poetry doesn't seem to be as widely appreciated as it used to be, which is a shame, because we have a lot of wonderful poets living today.
GardenSox
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 17, 2008
4:49 PM

Post #5274057

Nannie - funny thing (at least I think so). Just today, the library of congress announced that the new Poet Laureate is going to be Kay Ryan.
nanniepb
Cumberland Mtns, TN
(Zone 6b)

July 18, 2008
12:52 AM

Post #5276370

It's a small world, isnt it? Thats how it happened when I first heard of Billy Collins; someone read one of his poems to me aloud and in two or three days I saw where he had been made PL. I have several of his books.

Time to find out who Kay Ryan is now =)
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

July 19, 2008
8:59 PM

Post #5286569

Wow you guys I forgot and deleted this thread. How sad this stuff is getting great. Love The romance Garden sox. I need to stop and compose some beautiful prose.
gloria125
Greensboro, AL

July 19, 2008
11:26 PM

Post #5287279

The Pile that Wouldn't Die!

Good to see you Sofer!

Im watching to see what you come up with!

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 20, 2008
9:20 AM

Post #5289456

If you all do not know--I have been away for 3 weeks now to my beloved Land of birth--Latvia. We have enjoyed the most hospitable people on Earth--our cousins and their families who have put is up, entertained us, fed us and driven hundreds of miles to show us the beautiful country this is. We came here to visit and also to attend the HUGE, every-five-years Song and Folk Dance Festival.

Please go to the Mid Atlantic Forum and to the ''Greetings from Latvia'' Post to read some of my commentary. I will also be posting my pictures there once I upload about 300 pictures.

So--here is my ''Farewell Poem'' to our visit:


The morning is slow,
But it is time to go;
To leave this lovely Land
With beaches of pure, white sand.

We have walked miles and miles
And seen nothing but smiles
All the food here is great
But--sadly it is getting late...

Tomorrow we must fly away
All our good-byes we must say;
To all our ''family'' near and far
To us they were like a shiny star!

Tomorrow, over the Ocean we fly
Happy and sad--but we all will try;
All good memories along the way,
Hoping to come back another day...

Gita

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 21, 2008
1:51 PM

Post #5295371

Gita that reminds me of a poem I wrote to my wife several years ago before I left to go to England for a week. I had it printed in the local newspaper the day I returned which just happened to be Valentine's Day.

Over the ocean
In the land of the pubs
I've been the last week
Without you my love

But today I return
No longer away
To kisses and hugs
On Valentines Day

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 21, 2008
7:29 PM

Post #5297194

Awwwwww. You're a mushpuppy!!! How cute!!!!
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

July 22, 2008
5:25 AM

Post #5300309

You both fill us with poetic warmth
A deep felt rhyme and welcome mirth
Puts us close to the glowing coals
That deeply fills the needs of our souls

This message was edited Jul 22, 2008 9:03 AM
BerkeleyAnnie
Berkeley, CA
(Zone 10a)

July 22, 2008
12:56 PM

Post #5300925

nice sofer.
nanniepb
Cumberland Mtns, TN
(Zone 6b)

July 23, 2008
7:03 AM

Post #5305961

and then we could say,
One man's trash is another man's yardage

...lol its 3am. what do you expect? ^_^

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 23, 2008
3:04 PM

Post #5307048

makes sense to me.
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

July 23, 2008
3:41 PM

Post #5307234

Today I depart sleepily to the workplace
At first to just repeat the motions of yesterday
But soon the opportunity to brighten a soul
Lifts me and I find energy to the job
Another one finds hope, yet another release
I further rise and move in the moment without effort
Our energy from Starbuck's cup is nothing to the joy of others
To make us complete and filled with purpose
Yes another day to change the world around.

Enjoy your day everyone.

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 23, 2008
5:12 PM

Post #5307696

Nice Sofer...
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

July 24, 2008
3:18 PM

Post #5312078

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/881246/ We are moving to here to shorten the down loads. Thanks Steve

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