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April 15th 2014 Garden update/What's growing on in the garden

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The blueberry bushes, peach trees, pear trees, and plum tree and grape vines are blooming. The fig and cherry trees are not showing much sign of life, but I have some hope for them.…Continue

Spring & Summer Garden Layout

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As you know I am not taking my trip across America, see post here.…Continue

Tags: summer gardening, starting garden, garden preparation, container gardening, avoid gardening mistakes

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Comment by Courtney Patrick on April 14, 2012 at 1:58pm

so I go into Wal Mart. ( I'm not boycotting them I just wont buy anything from them that I can get locally in season.) Price of 2lb watermelon $3.98 Price for 30 seeds to grow your own 50-100lb watermelon-$1.07!!!! So guess what I decided to put in my garden this year!

Comment by Watzzupsport on August 28, 2011 at 12:29pm

@ mellisa

So what is the story behind eggshells in your compost

The active ingredient is calcium carbonate and this is used in the agricultural lime that has benefits of raising the PH level in soil as a conditioner.

It can be an available source of calcium as part of the essential nutrients for the plants.

I have heard it said that it can also stop slugs this is as they don't like the sharp edges, can't say that I have use it myself for that.

Like anything in a compost if it is broken down to a degree the composting will be more effective. I have seen an idea how you use the eggshells as a potting tray.

Filled with a seed mix, put a hole in the bottom and put them into the ground with a bonus of built-in calcium fertilizer.

Whether you need calcium in your compost is another matter but it will eventually release into the soil.


The downside is that salmonella has the possibility to be hosted around the eggshells you might want to clean the eggshells first. As for any problems with worms being injured I do not use the, garden worm in my compost I have a type of word called a Red wiggler.

The worms can eat about half of their weight in food every day.This means if you put one pound (16 ounces) of worms (about 1,000 worms) into your bin, you will be able to feed them one half of a pound (8 ounces) of food every day.
A Google search for Vermiculture and Vermicomposting will show you how effective the castings of worms are really beneficial to a compost.


So as a vegan diet lifestyle would not include eggs in the mix if you are in a household that uses eggs I think you could safely use them finely crushed up and sanitized in some way.

 

If you were using the red wiggler type of worm( there are other type of worms you can use specifically for composting) and quite strict with your composting regime, fly's smells and cockroaches can be kept to a minimum, but....... Hey!!!!!!..... nature is what it is all bugs are here for some purpose, even though I have yet to work out what possible good a mosquito has :-)

Comment by MarkAngelo Cummings on August 28, 2011 at 4:40am
you need a container, it can be a 45 gallon trash bin or bigger or a special compost bin or you can make an area out of wood, chicken wire, you name it. Somthing to contain things in. You start by layering brown material with green material. The brown can be dried leaves, shreded papper, grass clipping dried, wet clipping are considered green material as are kitchen scraps. you need to add water ever so offten and stir, nature takes care of the rest. There are tons of you tube videos on this. I have a picture below of what mine look like.
Comment by MarkAngelo Cummings on August 17, 2011 at 11:38am
I have stopped adding food scraps, I have a colony of roaches which I am tryig to get rid off. I am puttig diatameceous earth in the bin, but there are hundreds of little and big roaches, that freeked me out and I stopped adding food. So now I just add garden scraps, I hope I can get rid of the roaches. Never had problems with flies, but my bin is contained.
Comment by Steph on August 17, 2011 at 6:57am

I LOVE growing my own food, We actually have an allotment just around the corner from my house, we have grown lots of lettuce, spinach, blueberries, apples, herbs, tried carrots but waiting to see what happens there, parsnips, spring onions and strawberries!! It taste so much better when you know you have grown it yourself. 

I had to get rid of my compost bin though because of all the flies, how do you guys cope with that?? 

Comment by Melissa on August 16, 2011 at 2:02am
I have a few seedlings started! Does anyone know the best things to start growing in mid august/september?
Comment by Melissa on July 19, 2011 at 3:33am
Thanks for sharing pictures! The compost looks great. Also, I think I am gonna start blending scraps now too! Thats a great idea!
Comment by MarkAngelo Cummings on July 18, 2011 at 5:32am
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Comment by MarkAngelo Cummings on July 18, 2011 at 5:27am
My earth worms are fat, lol.
 

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