Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Idaho Spud on August 18, 2015 at 9:46am

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:

Comment by Plinius on August 18, 2015 at 9:20am

No idea why the carrots are so short. The containers are much deeper!

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



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