Bounty, Water Wising and Liquid Fertilizing ~ August ’17 Round Up

Yay! Our purple cauliflowers are doing well – and they taste amazing! We have been feeding them every two weeks with liquid manure tea, which they seem to really enjoy. Our verdict is they are best eaten straight out the garden – raw and all! Of course, peas are also be best straight out the garden! Kids love opening them up and eating the yummy gems inside. Our rhubarb is also doing well – look at those big leaves! When…

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Glorious Leaf Mould

Leaf Mold is the organic material left behind after leaves have undergone fungal decomposition. Leaf mold is the term used to describe the result of only decomposed leaves that haven’t had any other ingredients added. Letting leaves decompose separately from other organic matter yields a wonderfully beneficial soil conditioner that is dark brown to black, crumbly textured soil amendment with a pleasant earthy aroma. Leaves mixed in with compost take longer to decompose via aerobic bacterial action than other organic materials…

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The Add-As-You-Go Compost Pile

If you are looking for way to easily compost your kitchen and garden waste and aren’t in a hurry for matured compost then this is a great option for you. It does require some planning though so read on! The Add As You Go Pile: Cold/Passive Composting The add-as-you-go method is the easiest way to make your own compost, and the best composting method for beginners. As the name suggests, you will be adding your GREEN and BROWN materials to…

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Composting Materials: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Once you are familiar with the in’s and out’s making good compost, it can be a very rewarding experience. There are different methods of compost making, which we explore in more detail in separate posts, but for now we’ll be talking about what to compost and what not to compost. Carbon & Nitrogen The key ingredients in good compost are Carbon and Nitrogen and it is important to get the Carbon Nitrogen ratio right in order to keep your compost…

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4 Useful Applications for Coffee Grounds in the Garden

If you are anything like us, you probably love a good cuppa coffee (or 2) – but what do you do with your leftover coffee grounds? Many avid gardeners use it in their garden – and so do we. Most plants love it because of the often high Nitrogen content in coffee. Nitrogen is a component of chlorophyll and therefore essential for photosynthesis. It is also the basic element of plant and animal proteins, including the genetic material DNA and…

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Compost & The Carbon Nitrogen Ratio

The secret to creating rich compost is in balancing the carbon-nitrogen ratio (C:N). Decomposition of organic materials in your compost pile is greatly increased when you create the proper balance between the carbonaceous materials (called BROWN because they are dry) and the nitrogen-rich materials (called GREEN because they are more fresh and moist). Compost scientists have determined that the fastest way to produce fertile, sweet-smelling compost is to maintain a C:N ratio somewhere around 25 to 30 parts Carbon to 1 part Nitrogen, or…

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Hugelkultur

Hugelkultur, is a German word that is pronounced Hoo-gul-culture and means “hill culture” or “hill mound”. It is a composting method that allows you to grow in the mound you have created. It is a long lasting system that feeds the bed for years to come. Hugelkultur mounds can be as simple or complicated as you like.They can be big or small, above ground or dug deeper into the ground (great for very poor soil). Take a look at the…

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