In Compost news. the compost pile I made OCt 5th is doing awesome I turned it Wednesday and then Saturday I gave it a thorogh turning with my compost turning tool which is worth it's weight in gold.
and it looks like it should be done in about 4-5 weeks at the most. maybe sooner as it is really hot and it already looks awesome...
Faith it is the heat and the turning in more oxygen that gets it changing so fast.. usually if I don't turn it, it takes all summer. OR longer If I dont get it wet enough.
I also processed the anerobic pile, which was just grasses and manuer and papers that has been sitting for over a year. Becuase I never heated it up it took a long time to break down.
I pulled out a ton of nice compost from the bottom of it... took the top and added it back in the bin to wait for the next mowing of grass and leaves.(i throw my scraps in there and then when we make the next pile I will pull this apart and layer it with teh grass and leaves and some chicken manuer from the barn. And really water it well. Once it is wet with the manuers wowzer it will go gang busters.
I am going to try to make as much as I can this fall. so that I have a ton of compost in teh spring.
So I got my two beds ready for some winter planting. THese are 4'X8' beds and they will have kale, spinach beets carrots cabbaage lettuce peas and turnips in them. I use a modified square foot gardening methode. I plant in sections across teh 4 ft side so each bed will have 3 or four crops in it. IT seems to work good and then once one section is empty I can plant the next crop in it..
So for instance the bed that just finished up lettuces is going to have cabages next in that spot. I have never had it this together to try to extend the garden through the winter. I am really excited to do this.
I should have at least 3 winter beds this year and I am planting the potatoes in seperate bins rather than a garden bed because of the length of time to maturity for them. I may go with four beds. depends on how much I get in each bed. And how ambitious I am LOL.That will leave three beds with a leaf mold mulch over the top of them or maybe as cover crop I have to decide pretty soon on that.
My beans are having new babies on them they are sooo cute... and I am thinking I will get maybe 3 more harvest off them. I think I am going to plant even more beans next year. You can never have too many beans
And a few of the ears of corn are ready to pick so we will be having corn for dinner tonight. Yumm.