Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Turning Compost

BY SKEETER

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We had a productive weekend here in our Georgia Gardens. I plucked all the weed and debris out of the Rock Garden and created some items for my Spring Woods Display. A while back, we purchased a Juicer and have been accumulating fruit and veggie waste rather quickly. I make soups with a lot of the veggie waste (Peel and Pulp) but with Juicing regularly, we have been acquiring more debris then I can manage in the kitchen and even freezer. So it goes into the Compost Pile. We have been running out of space to bury new waste so I have been after The Saint to turn over the Compost Pile for me. He never gets into a hurry to do manual labor so he ponders on it a while. He then had a great idea. He borrowed the Tiller from our next door neighbor and tilled the Compost Pile into a wonderful pile of Dirt! This dirt is made from Horse Manure, Potted Plant waste, Dead Plants, Twigs, Leaves Broken Down Tree Stumps, Coffee Grinds, Egg Shells, Fruit & Veggie Waste, etc. Click on the Video above to see the Saint Tilling away and making beautiful dirt for me.This Compost Pile started from an idea I had on how to use old tree stumps. Click HERE to see that story from long ago...Looking back on how this Compost Pile started, I made one mistake. That mistake was to create the pile so close to the Garden. Nice to have it nearby for when I am ready to use the dirt plus for tossing old plants into. But not pretty on the eye being at the back of my Semi-Formal Flower Garden.No matter what time of year, the pile of Compost was always in my eyes view. Not a pretty sight to this Neat and Tidy garden keeper.We shall no longer add debris to this pile and I think it will be ready to use by the time I am ready to plant this year. Now to decide where the new Compost Pile shall start. Hummmmm. I must thank my Saint tremendously for all the help he has given me with getting this dirt into my Gardens. He has scooped Horse Poo with me (Click HERE to see) and Turned the Pile many times. He's a Keeper and I like his new way of TURNING COMPOST, In the Garden...


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11 comments:

  1. love your formal gardens!!!! It would be quite a pain to move a compost pile...but you could do...but no one is looking at your compost with that garden ;-)

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  2. That's a beautiful looking pile of compost!! And a neat idea to turn it with the tiller. That compost will go a long way this summer when it gets dry. I hope you find a good spot for your pile.

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  3. Tillers are wonderful!! I did my compost pile with a shovel...not really large enough to do with the tiller. You will have black gold there for planting!!

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  4. Super Tuesday and time for me to run Vote!

    The Sun is out and not as windy as it was yesterday. Oh my, It WAS WINDY!!! Too windy for me to get into the gardens for fear of a limb falling on my head. I can see where 2 small trees fell in the woods from the wind, well and rot as well. Maybe today, I can get into the gardens and play a bit...

    Dirt Princes, I shall leave this dirt where it is located and use it until it is gone. But we shall no longer add to this spot. I have started a new spot hidden from view behind the Garden Shed. That should work better for us...


    Tina, I found a great spot for the new pile and tossed some debris into it yesterday! It is hidden out of view behind the shed. The Saint will need to cut a couple of small trees down for me but the spot is perfect....

    Janet, I do hope this pile dries out in time for planting! Black Gold is good but I would rather have some Texas Tea! I just love the Beverly Hill Billy's....

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  5. That is mighty fine looking dirt. It will be so very good in your lovely gardens. Terri-Lynn bought me a composter last year and I just love it but I still take some stuff down back to the pile like big stuff and lobster shells.

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  6. I sleep well after a morning or afternoon of turning compost. It's hard work.

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  7. So glad you found a good spot to make a new compost pile. That black gold will make your plants "jump".

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  8. What a great idea by the Saint! I've been looking at my compost pile, too, thinking it needs to be turned, but I'm afraid mine is too big to go over with a tiller. Finding an out of the way place to start a new pile sounds like a good idea; I'm sure you'll use up the old compost pile very quickly. Your garden is going to love all those leftover nutrients!

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  9. Skeeter,

    Meg has thousands of worms that eat our compost. Would not do well for us to till it. Looks like your plants will be happy once you feed them that compost.

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  10. It looks great, Skeeter. Good idea to till it (although Randy does have a point!!). We have our compost in 2 bins...1 is a tumbling composter & the other is just a trash bin. I think it's time to turn them over & dump them out someplace...I have to figure out where that will be. I tend to use every 'space' to plant in so finding a spot for a 'pile' will take some creative thinking...LOL

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  11. Its great to have made your own compost.

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