Has it really been that long since I’ve posted something? I guess so. Time flies when you have nothing to say.
As the garden winds down, done with most of the heavy breathing, the compost piles are getting ready to jump into the act.
I have three modular, movable bins. They can each be adjusted in height to accommodate what’s going on in the smelly world of waste. The Spring pile (leaves, grass clippings, coffee grounds, and who knows what else) has long since become nice black compost, full of worms, and home to what my granddaughter calls a ‘guard snake’. The summer pile, composed mostly of pine shavings, chicken manure, grass clippings and kitchen waste that the chickens didn’t get, is also well on its way. I’ll be using piles 1 and 2 directly on the garden beds this fall after the crops come out.
The third pile is a work in progress; corn husks, seaweed, dead tadpoles, and who knows. This will be the base for my winter compost pile of dead leaves, coffee grounds, kitchen scraps and chicken litter. Come Spring planting time, it should be ready to rumble.
And I’ve started next year’s seed collection with Amish Paste and Black Oil Sunflowers..