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Compost – (another) destruction and construction site

May 1, 2010

Every spring while all the flowers of the spring are overwhelming me – one of the most important jobs in the garden is feeding the soil – with compost.

During the year we collect all the weeds and other “waste” from the garden in our compost heap. And inside our house we have compost-bin in the kitchen, here all green “waste” from vegetables, coffee-filter bags, eggshells and so on is collected – and ends up in the compost heap too.

To the left a view of kitchen”waste” = one of the start-elements of the compost. To the right a look at the same 1 year after. Next step is: Flowers and vegetables in my garden!!!

To the left a look at my compost heap this year. First I take upper part away beside the compost (with the not yet transformed parts) – and then appears the stuff you can see: Pure gold for my garden! Gold with a black colour – and a now with a nice smell and structure and full of very small bricks ready for building my flowers and vegetables 🙂 this summer!

Only a few plants will need more manuring.

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  1. May 1, 2010 12:14 pm

    Oooohh! We do exactly the same, Truels!

    When we moved into our house a few years ago, we found a compost heap behind a garden shed. The heap was in a very bad state, with stuff in there that really didn’t belong (plastic, stones, cement, stumps of thick branches, etc.), so we cleaned it up. Then we began to add decaying leaves and lawn-mower clippings, and ‘green’ waste from the kitchen, and now we have a steady supply of beautiful, black, soft, nice-smelling compost.

    One thing I have learned, though, is NOT to put weeds in the compost heap. Because their seeds are nasty buggers that survive the heat of decomposing, and then they spring up all over again.

    As it is, we have enough of a problem with large numbers of thick white grubs that live in the compost heap… we don’t know what they are or whether we should get rid of them, but we’ve noticed that new plants don’t grow well (or at all), when the grubs accidentally end up in a new pot.

    It’s so exciting, though, to make compost, isn’t it? I love it! And the nicest part is that it’s just Mother Nature doing this herself… quietly, by herself, in the back of the garden. 🙂

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    • May 1, 2010 10:20 pm

      You are right about Mother Nature! About the weeds: It can make some problems. But my experience is, that only a little of it can survive in my compost – and that is couch grass, goutweed and other weeds with strong roots – and also weeds with seeds. The young weeds have not made seeds yet, so if you take them early it’s no problem. And couch grass and others with strong roots – are the only ones that never end in my compost. In the beginning I had a lot of those, now only a little. Goutweed I even keep in a “restricted area” – it’s a delicious and healthy vegetable in salads, pesto and more….. 🙂 “Eat your weed” – that’s true (and healthy) for most of them!

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  2. May 1, 2010 2:13 pm

    We’re feeding our soil with compost, too, Truels. AND we’ve just bought our cool-weather seeds like lettuce, carrots, beets and peas and onions, so we’ll be planting soon.

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    • May 1, 2010 10:25 pm

      I started with a coupple of salads , rucola, radishes, carrots and cabbages 🙂

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