So as you may remember I still needed to find an abundance of green material for my tomato soil composting project. M had the jeep again, so I jumped into a car2go, and went off in search of green material.
My first stop actually was at my friend SL’s place, not for green material but to bring him some poly for his little greenhouse project. He is going to build “greenhouse” shelf similar to the one I have. Great minds think alike, and fools seldom differ. I like to think of SL and myself as Great Minds, but maybe we are Great Fools. Either way I’m fine with it.
After talking about the Pallet Bed garden we are building in his back yard some, we tromped off to grab some leaves I saw in a pile at the school near his house. We could have just drove over in his jeep, but as we needed to take the dog for a stroll we rigged up a little wagon of sorts and headed off.
After that little detour I got back into the car2go and headed of in search of green materials. I did a tour of a number of different grocery stores, and was able to get two buckets from Nesters, and two buckets from Organic Acres Market. Most of what I found was leafy greens and other small items, so it was perfect. Some of the bigger items I cut up as I want this pile to decompose quickly. I need finished compost by the beginning of June remember.
So that new composter is now about half full already. Mister Frank’s compost area is looking good. Today I will get some coffee grounds from Bean Around The World to add to the mix, and most likely take my buckets for a walk up to Organic Acres and East West Market, and see if I can get any more greens.
In fact very soon I will be able to start those tomatoes in the “Nursery”. As you may know I only have one shelf in a closet for starting my seeds. I have a lot of seeds to start this year, but with careful planning I think it can be done.
Happy Gardening To All!
They never make noise, the don’t need to be walked,
and best of all instead of cleaning up after them,
they clean up after you.
Here are a couple of links to learn more about these great pets, who turn your waste into one of the best plant nutrient you will find.
M had the Jeep, so I took the car2go for my gardening errands.
-Give the garlic some worm tea and fish fertilizer.
-Forage for leaves.
Well I was lax in the fall. I did not collect any leaves. I thought about it, but I didn’t act. You see I was not really composting in bulk. I have the worm bin, and the rest of my compost goes to the green bins. For the amount of space I have had , it’s been enough.
This year though I have more space! I currently have two Pallets Beds on the go and two more planned. One of which will be tomatoes in Global Buckets. The first two pallet beds were filled with top soil that was already on site. I amended them with worm castings, bone meal, kelp meal, a balanced granular mix, liquid fish fertilizer, and of course worm tea.
Now the problem arises that I am going to need to build soil for my global buckets. I have a dozen planned so far. I will be using coconut coir as the base, but I need a large amount of compost.
Luckily, tomatoes do not go into the ground for some time. So… I must make some compost. Enter the need for leaves. Alas it is not so easy to find leaves in early spring. Ok it’s technically late winter, but lets be optimistic here. So a few days ago G and I were lamenting about the need for leaves, he did collect lots, but being G, he needs more. Well just yesterday he called to give the locale of this awesome pile.
Now I bet you thought this tale was done, oh no. So when I got home from the leave adventure, I ambled over to Welks to see if they were carrying any large garbage containers to turn into a composter, when I bumped in to J, the proprietor, and we got to chatting as usual, and when he heard I was going to be making a composter, he gave me one he had in the basement. Awesome!
I’ll keep you all posted on my further foraging endeavours
It’s good stuff folks. I have not actually used it in my garden as of yet. I prefer to use foliar sprays of neem, garlic and chili.
But I have used it to effectively get rid of a bed bug infection. As this is a garden blog I’m not going to get into it, but google it folks, it works!
The “Vancooper” Displayed on Shifting Growth and Can You Dig It’s Community Garden at 12th and Clark