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<  Composting, Mulch, and Soils  ~  Still at it: 3 large piles working

PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 6:07 pm
Joined: Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:51 pmPosts: 307Location: Alaska
When I think I'm done, I get more. :)
pile closest on left is done & cooled down. needs screened (8 month old)
middle pile, cooking but not real hot (5 months old)
back/tall pile fresh, steaming hot & cooking (2 weeks old)
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 11:47 am
Joined: Wed Feb 08, 2006 6:02 pmPosts: 1927Location: PNW
I'd say you're officially addicted. :D Good work!


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:03 pm
Joined: Sun Nov 02, 2008 10:08 pmPosts: 187Location: Zone 5
luv2grdn wrote:
I'd say you're officially addicted. :D Good work!


I'd say you are correct! :D

But if I had the space I'd probably be doing the same. Nothing like well fed soil to produce an abundant crop! And Dave has the pictures to prove it.



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 4:24 pm
Joined: Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:51 pmPosts: 307Location: Alaska
Addicted???:)
I have 2 other piles working also.
One with this years kitchen & garden scraps
&
one in the garden with last years kitchen & garden scraps finishing off.
+ 2-1/2 bins with finished screened compost.

I don't call it addiction,
I call it fun. (maybe that's another word of addiction)

Neighbor says I have several piles of sh**!.
I said no, no, what I have is COMPOST!, in various stages :) :) LOL
Now one of the neighbors is starting his own pile (he was a skeptic until I took him some to patch a spot in his yard) & the other is helping with his "bob-cat" to turn the piles so he can get some for his garden. I got good fun neighbors.

Just lucky I guess

On a serious note: I am impressed with the lack of weeds in the soil boxes, it must be cooking hot enough to kill the weed seeds. I have several birch tree starts coming up, but that's about it (blows in with the wind). Horse tail comes up from the bottom garden soil, should have put down fabric to stop it, (now I know) (unless horse hair sprouts into horse tail :) )
Very few weeds this year. I'll see if it holds true for next years crop. Hope so.
As I was cleaning some of the boxes out pulling the plants, I saw numerous earth worms. :)
Like L2 said when I started, "if you build it they will come". :)



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 8:47 am
Joined: Wed Feb 08, 2006 6:02 pmPosts: 1927Location: PNW
It's a fun addiction and healthier than most. :)

Nice you have neighbors to do trades with. That's rare these days. We have some good ones on one side that we share chores with at times and it sure makes life nicer to do that.

If you had put fabric underneath your beds, you may not have had worms move in unless there was a space for them to squeeze through, but I don't know if they're that determined. They're providing nutrients to your soil too, so you want to encourage them as you probably already know.

Hopefully you'll have less weeds next year too. In my yard they'd thrive in compost and I'd have bigger, healthier weeds. :shock: We get so many weed seed blowing in from the pastures around us.

Enjoy!


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