Hello again Garden Gals and Guys! This weekend’s weather was beautiful and I used Saturday to do a little maintenance to my backyard garden and keep my mind occupied.
My lettuce looked beautiful and I was all set to harvest it to eat and give away. However, I had a sampling of it and in just a day’s time it went from sweet to bitter. So here it is before I dug it all up:
While digging up the lettuce, I noticed a few more scallions ready for picking so my trusty garden weapon harvested them for me. How do you know when they are ready? Well, when they are about the size of your pinkie finger (I have small pinkie fingers):
OK, so here are the garden beds on the left all cleared out (except for scallions):
Remember I told you that I was using the SPIN gardening technique. So now, these beds will be used to grow new crops. But first, the soil has to be amended and so I got some mushroom compost to add some nutrients back into my soil:
I decided to plant green beans in the bed all the way on the left and potatoes in the half bed next to the scallions. No, it’s not too late to plant potatoes (for commercial growers, yes…for your family…no).
So, once again, my secret garden weapon got some potatoes from my pantry. She found ones that had “eyes” (sprouts) on them. Then we cut them so that each piece had at least one eye:
OK…now remember that lettuce that I was so upset about wasting? Well, it shall return to the garden…..as compost….eventually.
I decided to start a compost pile. I won’t waste a whole lot of time explaining because you can google how to do it. But basically you need brown stuff (dead stuff). I grabbed a lot of leaves from along my fence line. I then put them in the compost bin:
Next, you have to add some green stuff (garden cuttings, fresh cut grass–but not if you use fertilizer, scraps from your kitchen–no meats, bones oily or greasy foods). Ahhh…so my lettuce (and spinach stems by the way) will not go to waste afterall:
That’s it! Now you turn it about once a week and make sure that it stays moist. If it develops an odor, it’s not getting enough oxygen, which means you aren’t turning it enough. A good compost pile really has no smell to it (well, unless you are composting manure). This will break down over the next month or two and I should have some nice compost to add to my garden in the heat of summer!
See, composting is easy. There are all kinds of bins you can buy, so if you are really interested in composting, give it a Google!
Oh…and here are my green beans freshly transplanted:
Until next time….