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.

Monday, April 23, 2012


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I added several loads of fresh compost to my garden beds and cold frame last Saturday.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah so wonderful compost :]
I was very happy with how much of compost I got from my tiny looking compost pile. Love fallowing you here, digging in your garden.

April 23, 2012 4:25 PM

Blogger Jezibels ~ said...

I think Ive been adding way too many browns (perennials and grasses that Ive cut back) and not enough greens, my compost pile is going on one year and nothing it happening. Maybe I should add some hot fresh grass clippings to speed it up? Turn it over?

April 24, 2012 8:38 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jezibels, don't use your grass clippings if you use any chemicals on your lawn, if not go ahed. You do have to turn it and also if it is too dry wet it a bit.
I thought my compost did not have anything but when I removed top layer, and started taking it out with my shovel I got a whole raised bad worth 3 inch covering material.

April 24, 2012 3:42 PM

Anonymous Nathan said...

I just pulled my compost bin apart this year. Been collecting for two growing seasons, and this is the first time I have taken anything from it. About half of my pile was actually compost, the rest needed to stay, so it all got turned over, and the garden got a nice healthy dose of about half my compost bin.

April 26, 2012 10:23 AM

Blogger kathy said...

I usually get a layer of good compost on the bottom of the bin of about 1 foot every year. I didn't use any of my compost last year, so I have a couple feet of compost this year. I have two bins next to each other, so I shovel the uncomposted material on top from one bin to the other, then remove the compost, then shovel and turn from the full bin into the empty one and remove the compost from the second bin. It makes an efficient process.

April 26, 2012 10:37 AM

Anonymous Cathy said...

Hi Kathy! Here's what I do to keep up a good supply of greens in my compost bin: I actually have reserved a small corner in the garden for grass. I grow kentucky bluegrass mostly, without any chems. All of that goes in my compost bin, and also stuff the whole neighborhood shares. I get pretty fine compost each cycle!

April 14, 2013 4:58 AM


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