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Funny Story April 11, 2009

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Wednesday was a beautiful day here so I decided to get in some yard work.  One of things I wanted to get done was some prep work in the vegetable garden.  groupwinter06I can’t go outside without the dogs, Bubba and Allie wanting to come with me, so we all went out back.

I was in the fenced garden clearing out all the coverings I had left on the beds during the winter.  I also had a pocket full of trash that had blown in.  Needing to dump the ground covering material in the compost pile and throw the trash away I came out of the garden. 

There was Allie wagging her tail and running around.  But no Bubba, I didn’t see him anywhere.  So I asked Allie “Where’s your brother, where’s the Bubba dog?”

greenhousesAs soon as I said his name Bubba comes a running, from the greenhouse.  Now at the end of fall I knew I had gotten the greenhouse ready for winter and all zipped down tight.  But somehow Bubba got the front zipper up just enough so he could go inside.  I’m guessing to lay on the warm, dry ground.

After putting both dogs in the house I checked to greenhouse.  Bubba had done no damage, there really wasn’t anything to damage.  I also check the thermometer that I had put in the ground.  It was reading 80 degrees.

I didn’t plant in the greenhouse this winter and hadn’t gotten it ready yet to move the tomato seedlings into.  But it’s being used, as an over sized dogie sauna.

Up dates April 8, 2009

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The tree guys are coming today to start removing the old tree.  It’s exciting and sad at the same time.  I’m sorry to see it go but at an estimated 120 years old it had a good life and we won’t have to worry about it damaging our house in a wind storm.

All the tomato seedlings are doing great.  The first pepper seedling popped up yesterday.  Now I’m just waiting for more.  I’ll keep a close eye on them the next couple of days.

Bubba is finally regulated on his insulin and diet.  He has lost about 4 pounds and doesn’t have to go to the vet again for 3 months.  I know he’s happy about that.  He’s such a good boy for the vet techs but we know he hates having to spend the day there.

With any luck I’ll get a load of manure to add to my compost this weekend.  The last several weekends have been crappy weather (pardon the pun) so we couldn’t get it.  Along with the manure I’ll get some straw to use as mulch.  It’s all coming from a local dairy farm. 

Great news, the afghan is done.  I finished it Monday night.  Now I need another project to keep me busy at night. 

And after 13 years in this house we are finally doing something to the kitchen.  Paint, some new cabinets and counter tops and a new floor.  The old floor is from about 1950.  It sucks

Water the Compost March 2, 2009

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compostbinopenMoisture is a key ingredient in composting.  Normally at this time of year my composting area would be covered by snow or at least very wet from melting snow.

But not this year.  Record high temperatures and on the driest February on record have dried the compost out.  Without the moisture the composting process almost stops.

My solution, water the compost.  I started doing just that week and I’ll keep it up every few days as long as it stays so dry.

Don’t forget the bread January 4, 2009

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wormsI’ve been spending a lot of time doing what most gardeners do this time of year, reading about gardening. 

One of my favorite subjects is composting.  I love that by composting I can make great dirt for the gardens and reduce our over all waste.

However, almost all the articles I have been reading have left bread off the list of ingredients that are okay to compost, especially whole grain breads.  Most worms, a key part of any good compost pile, like the grains.

So along with fruit and vegetable scrapes, coffee grounds, tea bags and egg shells don’t forget the stale bread.  The worms will thank you.

Fall work October 19, 2008

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Just like spring, fall is a whirlwind of work in the gardens.  You have to take advantage of every nice day to get everything done before the gardens are covered in snow.

Today I used leaves to mulch the strawberries.  This was the first summer I planted strawberries in beds.  I’ve had a few of them in containers before and never worried about them surviving the winter.  I’ve read that leaf mulching is one of the best ways to insulate them.

It’s not cold enough outside yet to really effect the carrots, but I dug some of them up anyway.  They also did very nice this year.  

I pulled the last of the pepper plants out of the greenhouse.  While I was cleaning out their bed I ran across a nice size worm.  A sign that any gardener welcomes.  After the cleaning I composted the bed getting it ready for the next planting.  When I was digging in the kitchen compost area I found some very large worms.  At least a couple of them have new homes this afternoon in the greenhouse.

I picked a lot of green tomatos.  They are in the greenhouse, but I didn’t want to take a chance of losing them all.  I did leave some on the plants.  I also pulled out some of the most cold damaged tomato plants.

Tomorrow me and my husband will do some weather proofing on the greenhouse.  With any luck this will be the first winter that I plant in it.  I have some cold weather seeds just waiting to get planted.

Like I said, there is still a lot of work to do in the gardens.

Waste not October 5, 2008

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Kitchen recycling for the compost pile is one of the easiest and best things you can ever do for your gardens.  I have a 10 quart galvanized pail on the kitchen counter.  No it doesn’t stink up the kitchen.  Two things really help ensure there won’t be any smell.  Use galvanized or steel instead of plastic and put your coffee grounds in it. 

I keep my pail lined with about four pages of newspaper and in goes every type of kitchen waste.  Vegetable and fruit scrapes, egg shells and coffee grounds.  I include scrapes of bread, which worms happen to love and paper towels. 

About once a week I take the whole thing to the vegetable garden and dump it in the corner.  In the winter I may dump it directly on empty beds.  I use the newspaper that lined to pail to make weed barriers.

Kitchen recycling is not only a waste not system, but it’s also an ashes to ashes approach since most of the waste came out of the gardens to begin with.