Thursday, June 16, 2011

We love Composting

Kitchen counter stuff for composting
Well step one collect the Horse Shit Poop....Add the veggies from the kitchen daily , cover ,water , turn over weekly and cook for a month or so ....
Add veggies and cover and cook

Yup one more helper

I rotate the piles and then the land under gets made into a raised bed.

We my hubby had to move an apricot tree no fruit for three years ya think the big giant pine tree might have something to do with it. It is now moves to the sun ....I hope it makes the move ....
Yet another helper

My view a little bonus
This dog is my older one Angel she makes all my raised bed her temporary beds. I think because the dirt is warm fresh and she knows it's where mommy is going to go and spend time next ......This is where my peppers are going. I made two beds.
What the hell it is not a new bed
In the end we get a great pile of sweet dirt to put any where we want. Sometimes I leave it there to prep the plot for a raised garden. This is a big piece of our yard behind the barn. It has been left unattended for 11 years and now I am taking the time to use it. Logical yes??? Duh

Here are some tips:
  1. Gather all grass clippings and green yard waste but be sure to mix with the "brown" materials like leaves and shredded paper to add carbon. You will need both, but if you only add grass clippings your pile will compact and start to stink.
  2. Do not compost meats or pet droppings. Stick with food scraps and yard waste only.
  3. NO NO NO  pesticides and/or herbicide treated material.
  4. NO NO NO weeds to your pile but if you have to then make sure your pile is good and hot. It should be steaming hot, not just warm otherwise it may not kill the seeds.
  5. Turn your pile as often as you can. Each time you turn it will speed up the process.
  6. Keep your compost damp but not wet. As you add material to your pile make sure that each layer is moist as it is added. During the summer your pile will dry out and the composting process will slow down.
  7. Got too much material to compost? Make a second or third pile. That is what I do and it makes so I have great dirt all year...Stop adding material to a pile that is underway and start a new pile. This will insure you get a chance to use the compost this season.
  8. Add compost to your garden a few weeks before you plant. Let the compost have a chance to work into the soil. Try to mix it in and let it sit before you plant. Sometimes I just dump a pile of fresh compost and let it sit for a week or two then turn it in.
  9. Bugs, worms and most bugs are GOOD. No need to go crazy trying to keep bugs out of your compost.
Here is a good source for information on composting  Composting with Mr.Grow

    See the beautiful sexy black pile of dirt yup finished product.....

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