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Repotting and New Yamamoto Dendrobiums. 4.13.18
Harvest from my containers! At least a meal of carrots for the two of us and the beetroots can go into a salad!
My homemade wine recipe calls for 2 lbs of raspberries. How many berries is that? I don't have a small scale.
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.
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.
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.
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.:
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
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.
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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