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Using Bone Ashes in the Garden. 12.9.18
Barbara, this is an amazing project and you did all that work! I am impressed. The physical labor does have its challenges, and keeps us moving. The loads may get lighter as we mature, but the trick is to keep moving. I love your design in your yard. Looks like a very nice place relax and enjoy,whether summer or winter. Your hugelkultur bed is a great idea. I look forward to learning how you like it.
Good morning King. Glad to see you back and I look forward to your posts.
Barbara, I agree, the internet provides an excellent source of information.
Odd, my worms love each other and prove it with reproduction. I wonder why? Oh well. Lots to learn by observing what is going on. I will keep track of what I do and let you know the outcome. When I uncovered and spread my huge compost pile the worms were so big, wiggly, and happy to be put into the composted soil!
Spud, the end of Oct for your first freeze must be unusual. We haven't had a hard freeze yet and my tomatoes continue to try to ripen. I use a protective cover over them at night, but it is too cold to ripen. I'll pull the remaining plants and hang them upside down in my basement to ripen.
Randy, what kind of raspberries do you have? Mine don't have a late season fruit ... I will have to get a root and get it started. It won't take long and I can propagate it.
Daniel, rains and winds hitting hard now? Cary keeps track of the weather in your area for me. Do you live on flat land, or do you have any slopes? I wonder how hugelkultur works in your climate?
how is everybody
Spud, I accidentally found a small (6") watermelon buried in the weeds two days ago. Not very good tasting, but I didn't let it go to waste! And leaves! I have enough for all my gardening friends. I'd almost like to have a strong wind to blow them away.
I'm still picking and eating red raspberries, but a hard freeze is forecast for the weekend.
I just realized that it was probably the heavy winds we've had the last few days that carried all the leaves off her tree and lawn, scattering them all over. I'm not going hunting for them. : )
Sigh ... we are still a month away from our first frost, although the trees are starting to drop a few leaves. Spud, sorry you missed out on all the "gold". :(
You peeps reminded me of my neighbor's huge tree that deposits great quantities of leaves on her lawn. I've been waiting until most of them are down, but I just looked, and somehow I missed them.
The tree is empty and her lawn is mostly empty also. She must have got rid of them while I wasn't looking. Oh well, there's always next year.
On September 12, we had an early freeze, but just barely at 32 degrees. Yesterday morning was the first hard frost of the season. It was 28 degrees. Four degrees F below freezing.
The Tomatoes are all dead as well as the watermelon. However, I did harvest the last of the watermelon and tomatoes before it happened.
The berries are still producing a few, and I see a few honeybees on them.
Randall, Yep, leaf mold or "mould" is suppose to be great stuff. Sometimes I think I know just enough about gardening to muddle through each day. I'm slowly working my way through all the gardening books at my local library while reading online also. Leaf mold and worm farms are new things in my world this month. Think I'll put a sign on my front lawn "Leaves Wanted" since I only have one tree on my front lawn and a mesquite tree in the back. :) Burning leaves is definitely a thing of the past for here in the city, and the county also has a burn ban in place.
Barbara, I'm not a leaf know-it-all, for certain. I just rake them up, put them in a wire bin, and use them as needed to alternate with grass clippings in my compost pile(s). Leaves don't break down easily. They're supposed to turn into "leaf mold", whatever that is, before they are garden viable. I just don't want to burn them (air pollution and a waste of compost material).
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