Welcome to 2013! It is very cold outside at the moment and we are all bundled inside, except for our onions, lettuce, and spinach of course! There are a couple of late-to-the-party carrots about to come in, but they’ll be just fine until then.
Finishing up 2012 I put some compost on the beds, some got as much as 2″ all around. It was a much needed dose of nutrients, and I’m sure the veggies next year will enjoy the extra dose of vitality. I got a bit of help from my mom-in-law, Karen, on getting the compost into the beds. The one thing we both remarked on was the healthy dose of dung smell. Sorry to my neighbors for that down wind effect. Better now than in mid July and 90° outside!
The onions are doing great, they are looking to take off come spring’s warmer temperatures. Here’s a photo of their current state.
The spinach is coming along nicely, I need to get out and harvest some before the slugs munch it all away.
I’ve also received my spring 2013 Territorial Seed catalog. Larger than I’ve ever remembered! Very exciting to go through it the first time, even better the second when you start planning out what to plant this coming year! I’ve already earmarked a couple of items for the spring garden, what excitement!
So I know we are all huddled up inside next to the heat source thinking that the garden is so far away, but start thinking of it now and you will be well on your way to a very productive spring garden!
What’s on your mind right now, what are you thinking about with the garden? Let us know in the comments below!
Here is a picture of our newly, truly complete garden beds 3 & 4. They have their mixture, and the irrigation run for them. On Sunday I planted some lettuce, broccoli, and spinach for the fall. We plan on putting another bed in before the fall is here, aptly named Bed #5!
Here is a picture of our composter, made for peanuts compared to a commercially available one. If you do make one yourself, be sure to get a black barrel or make it a black barrel. We noticed an immediate difference after we spray painted the white barrel with black paint!
So what has everyone else been up to?
Not for gardening, but for credit card offers! If you receive a boat load of pre-approved offers each week, why not add them to your compost pile?
You can shred them and add them to your pile. It would help to offset the green matter that you would be adding from mowing the lawn or harvesting vegetables. Although they cannot be the exclusive addition of dry matter to your pile, they can help things out and keep things out of your local landfill.
There are a couple of different ways to have a compost pile. You could have a slow pile that would be comprised of just a pile that you turn when you think of it. You could also have a barrel of sorts. There are so many different ways to have a barrel system that you would not believe. Search “compost barrel” on Google to see all the different options to either buy or make yourself. Many of the barrels online are pricy and you can save a lot of money by building your own.
Other things to keep in mind is to never put things like dairy or meat into your compost pile. This will cause rodents and stench to come to your compost pile. You need to turn your compost pile on a regular basis to keep it going hot! (Hot is a term to indicate that the microbes are eating away at what you gave them.) You need to introduce microbes to your pile at some point. I have found that it is easy to do using about 3-4 cups of commercially produced compost, such as Cedar Grove Compost. Just keep turning it and keep it moist like a wrung out sponge and in 6-8 weeks you could have compost depending on how you have it going.
Do you have a compost pile? Do you have any tips for others?