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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

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If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

Many topics have been discussed in the archive.  Revive a topic by adding your 2¢ or start a new topic.

Everyone likes photos of the garden, so if you like to share photos of your prize dahlia, your favorite hen, or your first tomato, go right ahead!

Discussion Forum

How to Store Nuts

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Thursday. 3 Replies

Himalayan rhododendrons blooming 3 months early

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jan 22. 4 Replies

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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

https://www.google.com/search?q=commercial+compost+sifter&es_sm...

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?  

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2015 at 8:03am

I never did have a standard compost pile.  From what I read, it was incompatible with my lazy nature.  I mostly do anaerobic (or partly anaerobic) composting.  I just bury the stuff, and let nature do her thing.

Well, I'm not so much lazy, as I just have too many things I want to do, and composting is way down the list.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 12, 2015 at 7:07am

Speaking of compost: I worked at my two piles yesterday. Had to remove the top layers to shovel out the composted bottom section. Then, return the "green" matter to the bottom. It takes a couple of years to rot. Seldom does my pile ever get hot--the stars have to be aligned just right! Patience is the word.

Comment by Plinius on August 12, 2015 at 12:46am

Animals always remind me how poor our senses are: I cleaned my kitchen quite thoroughly, packed the fruit and veg in plastic, left no washing up undone --- and after that I find a summit meeting of fruit flies in my blender, they seemed to think it was full of interest even after I cleaned the thing with very hot water. I couldn't see or smell anything!

Comment by Barbara Livingston on August 11, 2015 at 8:48am

Randall, I feel the same way and since most things are gasping from the heat I've put them out of their misery - and into compost pile.

 

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