I promised my friend Carol that I'd take pictures of Dad's garden and would also get the answers to a few questions. So, first the pictures:
|The sign above Dad's garden says "Gitmo Garden." I think the security around it rivals Alcatraz!|
Tell me about your composting methods.
On composting, to be very general, you need: 1. A carbon source, (dry leaves, dry grass clippings, sawdust, tree bark etc) 2. A nitrogen source (green leaves, green grass clippings, leftover salad, vegetable peelings), and 3. Microorganisims to digest the carbon and nitrogen. The easiest source of the microorganisms is plain ole garden soil, or compost. There are commercial compost starters that you can buy, but they are expensive and hard to find. Start the pile with about even amounts of carbon, nitrogen and soil. The bigger the better, but at least 3'X3'x3'. Water it well and keep it evenly moist. Turn it about once a week to areate it and speed the break-down process...this is where the multiple cell bins are nice, you just shovel the compost into the next cell of the bin. Once the pile is going, you can add kitchen waste as it accumulates...almost anything of vegetable origin, as long as it's not too greasy. Also; egg shells (calcium) are great, coffee grounds, tea bags, left-overs. is ready when all the ingredients have decomposed so that they are un-recognizable (usually 6 weeks to 6 months depending on the weather. I send mine thru one additional step.. the worm bed I let the worms hang out in it for several months to really work it over.
Here are a few more pictures from my trip.