Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Plinius on August 18, 2015 at 9:19am

Harvest from my containers! At least a meal of carrots for the two of us and the beetroots can go into a salad!

Comment by Randall Smith on August 18, 2015 at 7:23am

My homemade wine recipe calls for 2 lbs of raspberries. How many berries is that? I don't have a small scale.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 15, 2015 at 12:02am
I use the same method as Randy. Water when needed, turn if I feel like it and skip the sifting. I get a lot of volunteer plants around the scrubs that way and they often bear fruit.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 13, 2015 at 10:44pm

Sounds good to me, Randy! I don't "turn" my compost either. Just make a pile and leave it for a year or two while making pile two and three. I sift the oldest pile and enjoy the tedium of the task. 

Comment by Randall Smith on August 13, 2015 at 7:09am

If anybody is "lazy", I am! Well, perhaps lazy isn't the right word. More like "keep it simple". Grass clippings, autumn leaves, kitchen garbage, garden weeds, dirt--all layered or mixed up. Maybe water, flip occassionally, and wait. No sifting. Just shovel it into a wheelbarrow and spread it around. Works for me.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2015 at 1:19pm

Joan, I second your warning about wearing holes in the toughest gloves.  I've got a similar screen that I use to separate gravel from soil, and the first pair of heavy-duty welding gloves I used had holes in the fingers very quickly.

I still use welding gloves, but I've learned to keep the fingers on the gravel, and away from the metal screen.  That seems to be working so far.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2015 at 1:11pm

Don't use your bare hands or even the toughest of gloves or you wear holes in them.

Use a sturdy dustpan to move the compost. I use both hands, one on each side of the handle and I don't get as fatigued. Make sure it has a strong edge.:

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2015 at 1:03pm

homemade compost sifter. I use a dustpan with a solid edge to move the compost back and forth. It isn't hard to do, and with a little practice, it becomes a meditation experience. I sift over my wheelbarrow and move the sifted compost to my garden. Mine looks a little like this and I have used it for 40 years. 

Homemade compost sifter

Instructions for constructing one: 

Trommel Compost Sifter by SteveGerber

DIY Compost Sifter

Here are a bunch of ideas:

Google Compost Sifter


Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2015 at 8:46am

Another reason I don't compost, is because of my limited growing space.  When I bury organic matter, I can grow things on top of it. 

I'm wondering if that's why my yellow crookneck squash is so huge.  Much larger than I've ever seen before.  4 foot high, 4 foot wide, and some of the leaves are 16 by 19 inches.  I planted it on an area where I had buried a huge amount of organic matter.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on August 12, 2015 at 8:40am

I read quite a bit about composting. Then just put all my organic throwaway 'stuff' in pile, and water when I think about it. Nature has a way of helping incompetents like me!  Surprised the heck out of me to see the dark rich soil appear like magic. 

Chris, as the xtians say - 'its a mystery!'. I find that to be true of both fruit flies and regular flies. One day they are not there and the next there are tons! Where do they come from?  


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