Archives for category: Compost

Yesterday was a big workday in the garden. We tore down two smart pot raised beds and dumped them into our garden plot. We added some seaweed, kelp, homemade compost & coffee grounds and tilled it all in. We tilled another new strip for berry bushes. We took the old tomato vines and added them to our compost pile.

Changed the oil in the tiller too.

Recently we planted 3 Frost Peach Trees. We bought these from a Skagit Valley Nursery. We mulched these yesterday with our homemade compost.

We have had good luck finding used coffee grounds at local coffee shops. We add coffee grounds to our compost pile. Also, we till coffee grounds into our garden. We have been down to the beach recently and have had an easy time finding kelp and seaweed which we use just like the coffee grounds.

 

 

 

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Libbey Beach- A good spot to look for Strait of Juan de Fuca kelp & seaweed.

 

Click image twice to show worm detail.

The worms were found in a year’s worth of vegetarian kitchen scraps, garden & lawn trimmings, lawn mushrooms, discarded pears, kelp & seaweed, coffee grounds, etc.

Today was the day to layer all this with recently fallen leaves.

Will turn the pile a few times over the next couple months- then cover it when it gets too wet.

Update from last year here: Looking like a compost pile again-

 

 

Feeding the garden fantasies

dsc_0006 Out collecting seaweed for compost.

dsc_0003 Halloween pumpkin, yard mushrooms, kelp & seaweed added to the pile.

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dsc_0003-3 A year’s worth of vegetarian kitchen scraps, garden & lawn trimmings, mushrooms, discarded pears, kelp & seaweed, etc., has been mixed with recently fallen leaves.
Will mix it a few times over the next couple months- then cover it when it gets too wet.

Tearing down the old pile day here.

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dsc_0021 Time to tear down the compost pile that was started a year ago & start over with new leaves that are now on the ground.

Year round project-

Smaller bins hold the daily kitchen scraps and items from the garden/lawn. They will wait until fall leaves are collected before they are mixed in.

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Sifting:

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Some items like avocado seeds will get run through again.

See you next year.

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Sifted product:

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Lawn mushrooms are a welcome addition to compost. Next- we’ll gather leaves & start a new pile.

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dsc_0015 I have been learning about composting for about two years now. This has been a very helpful book: Composting (Bob’s Basics)