Finally, finally one of my compost tumblers finished cooking the leaves and weeds, and finally I emptied it. So today I brought over a couple more bags of compost to my community garden plot, and the most important “finally” is that the whole plot has a layer of compost on it. The best part is […]
Read More Compost fixes everything
The sky was grey when I visited my community garden plot today. It was still hot, but a bit of a relief from the blazing sun of the last three days. The wind rising provided more relief and a promise of thunderstorms later tonight. But I had a couple things to do before the rain […]
Read More Our community garden has hawks!
One of the great things about making compost is that it pretty much takes care of making itself. All you really do is pile up weeds and leaves, and wet it down. Everything else is just finding the right container. I love my tumblers, but I pull weeds faster than I empty the tumblers. So […]
Read More Soldier fly on the brink
Looks like my compost tumblers have gotten past the stage where I open them up and check to see if it’s composting. If it’s dry, I add water. If it’s stinky, I add leaves. If it’s full of mushrooms, I jump back and say, Wow! You never know what you’re going to find!
Read More I think my compost has plenty of fungal organisms
It hit 80 degrees outside today. All sorts of green plants are coming up, getting ready to put on another show. I even have two barrels of compost that cooked over the winter, ready to spread on them again. I’m almost ready to enjoy the coming spring. But first you have to convince me that […]
Read More Spring is ready
The batch of compost I started last month is all cooked up and spread out. I actually emptied it last week, but I kept finding something else to post until I almost forgot about the compost. So maybe things are a little out of order, but the compost makes everything else possible.
Read More Boring, boring compost
It’s not a pretty sight, but you gotta check out the compost in a tumbler and see how it’s doing. I first looked in about ten days after I filled the tumbler. There were some dry spots and it had just a whiff of ammonia. Time to make some adjustments.
Read More Compost checkup
Every true blue organic believer is going to tell you that a steady supply of compost is the one best thing you can do for your soil. Soil too sandy? Compost. Soil too heavy? Compost. Not enough earthworms? Compost. And it’s all true. Compost even apologized to the hazelnut and mulberry trees I abused and […]
Read More Compost Happens
Whereas I saw a honeybee today, as it cruised along checking out the crocuses;
Read More First day of spring
Behold the my favorite compost tumblers! Believe it or not, this is the view I can get if I stick my head out the window by my desk to admire my compost. That’s how much I love them. You see, I’ve been through the tedium of forking over a compost bin full of leaves and […]
Read More A peek outside at my compost tumblers