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Swelling Flower Buds. Hollywood Plum and "Son of Oregon Curl Free" Peach. 2.16.19
Looks good Chris.
Randy, my raspberries are 3/4 of an inch in diameter in all directions, and weigh 0.104 oz each on average. That means it would take 31 to weigh 2 pounds.
All my berries are starting to ripen. Here's yesterday's haul:
No idea why the carrots are so short. The containers are much deeper!
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
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