This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

giant weed pile

a107 weed pile

Look at this pile of weeds! After being away a while I had a big job clearing out all the weeds. I spent an hour or so, pulled them all, then raked most into a big pile. I usually put weeds in my compost bin, but last year's bin is full. It'll take another year to compost and empty it. Soon I'll devise another bin for another corner of my garden and these weeds will go in first.


Blogger makhappy522 said...

OOOOH! I see the dreaded ragweed. Almost clear of that in my garden!!! (not including the little ones coming up from the small bits of root left behind-if vegetables grew as well...)

June 10, 2010 7:12 AM

Blogger HaleDN said...

Aren't you worried about introducing weeds back into your garden when you compost them? I have heard that you need to have a very hot compost pile to kill off any seeds that might be there, and that type of pile would certainly decompose quicker than a year. I tend to throw out my weeds, but that is mostly because I don't know what is safe to compost and what I should be more careful about. (My compost pile takes a long time to decompose too)

June 10, 2010 11:25 AM

Blogger kathy said...

It seems to me weeding is a part of gardening. I try to pull the weeds before they go to seed, but other than that, I don't do too much to reduce weed seeds. I think pulled weeds are too valuable as compost material to discard elsewhere.

June 10, 2010 12:01 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't you use it as mulch for the paths?

June 10, 2010 1:27 PM

Blogger kathy said...

That's a thought. I guess I worry that would look messy.

June 10, 2010 1:59 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you tried using one of those products they say will "heat up" your compost and speed it along? I've been tempted, since it seems to take so long...

June 10, 2010 7:10 PM

Blogger kathy said...

No, I don't do anything fancy with the compost. Maybe other gardeners will comment on this?

The piles gradually compress down. I built a corner bin that holds 2 years of weeds and garden trimmings. If I make a second one now, then I'll be all set. After its full, I'll empty and use the first and then fill it.

I do have a nice compost barrel at home that I am experimenting with. It works faster than the bins. I will remember to check and post on this soon.

June 10, 2010 8:23 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have two compost barrels. I fill one, then move the contents to the second one. This stirs it all up nicely, and I then start refilling the first one. This process gives me reasonable compost in about 3 - 4 months in summer (in Ohio). I do have problems with weeds, in part because I'm too eager ... We have huge amounts of stuff to compost, and I'm always looking for ways to get through it faster.

June 11, 2010 8:11 AM

Anonymous Marlene said...

We fill our bin up all spring and summer. In the late fall we pull the top layer of dirt off the raised beds and set it aside. The compost bin contents then get spread across the top of the beds for the winter. Whatever doesn't break down all winter gets turned into the dirt in the spring. The dirt pile then gets added into the bottom of the compost bin for next year.

June 12, 2010 12:11 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Thanks! Good methods.

June 12, 2010 11:41 PM


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