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Old 11-15-2010, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Inthesierras View Post
AWESOME! We are working our compost right now. Its a chore, but is worth it!!!
Uh oh....... I should caution you. This composting buis is addicting as hell.

We moved to this location in Dec 06 with several feet of that white stuff on the ground. Come Spring what i found was this place used to be a horse race track and a Fair Ground, that went under in 1930.

Ever last bit of top soil was stripped clean away. All that was left, is hard pan packed sand. Some is red iron oxide, other parts are a yellow oxide mix, and here and about were small fires. for reasons unknown.

The first garden was poor for lack of soil and i hacked and dug with *****xes and shovels and managed to break some in the doing.

This year the garden got it's first decent soil from end to end which is sort of saying something since I bought NO top soil ever.

I composted card board boxes and still do, using them to create layers as weed, veggie waste, card board and then a layer of soil, for more weeds, veggie wastes, card board and soil to cap and trap and insulate heat.

In NH we get some serious cold for a long time and don't need frozen compost a bit. It won't break down frozen.

So I build wide and tall, and it breaks down all winta'

Come spring I got fork it all up and dump it every whichy way I can. That is back breaking labor , but I don't feel a thing since I have 24/7 access to a bob cat made in 1964. It has a dirt bucket, a snow bucket, a back hoe, and a a set of forks with closing tines and I am in love with that machine.

I just wish it were diesel.

There is just one problem, and that is till snow falls I seem to catch myself bent over yanking up any weeds I see and wing em on to the compost piles.

Oh yes! when I first started I had to take time off workin' and go into the woods to roll over rocks and logs to find any earth worms. These were a little hard to come by and the first I lost to red ants. The 2nd set was lost to the damnned moles, but they have a decent start now. Not so great I can just till willey nilley, so digging up the taters I placed then in a bucket with the same soil they lived in and made then a dwelling in the garden compost heap.

Fall tilling is for killing the evil japanese bettle larvie. I hired out a man and his 5 foot tiller for that. My little pony tiller would probably prove a heart attack for 60 x 100 with me behind it.
With your reply I am left wanting. I wish now, I took the temprature of the compost I moved here yesterday.

Maybe I still can. I could run out a long cord and plug in my probe, tape the sticking end to a pole and get a reading. That might best wait a bit for the temps to rise since i distubed it all, but to me this and watchin grass grow is about as fast as living here gits! "

(I work with industial thermocuplers in vac ovens 6 men could stand inside of) oh, at times I have wondered about after fixing one oven of this type what would happen if I baked a little compost.

If you really cared about me you would see to it I get some help huh? LOL
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Old 11-19-2010, 07:22 PM
Location: Native Floridian, USA
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chinese cabbage, a lot. Not sure what to do with it. Have mustard greens and swiss chard growing in pots, collards in the ground. herbs come up voluntarily, dill, 3 kinds of basil, parsley. Tring to find a place to plant another blackberry vine. Oranges and grapefruits are turning.

I am in Central Fl. and having beautiful growing weather.
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Old 11-22-2010, 01:34 PM
Location: The Raider Nation._ Our band kicks brass
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After several heavy frosts I'm still picking celery for Thanksgiving.
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Old 12-04-2010, 08:32 PM
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Last weekend I picked 6 large heads of broccoli and could see side shoots just starting. I am on the ocean in southern New England and used row covers then hoops over the covers then clear plastic held down by bricks. No carrots yet (just tops), plenty of spinach (under the row covers & plastic) and watching my 5" kale grow at a snails pace but growing nonetheless. My cabbage isn't doing much growing and is only covered by row covers w/o plastic. I can't believe I am in New England and gardening in December as it goes down into the 20's and 30's every night. January is for ordering seeds, crowns, etc. February and March is for planting indoors with use of sunny windows. April we start all over again.
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