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netty wisbaum commented on Barbara Middleton's blog post Composting - Need help please
"searching for chipper/shredder to breakdown my garden compost sooner...know anyone?"
May 14
Tod Nissle commented on Barbara Middleton's blog post Pine Needles as Mulch? Or is Straw better for the summer?
"I started my garden out with the neighbors pine needles, and then used some extra straw we had left over from the root cellar. Here are my findings. Needles:  Bottom layer will break down in 6mo-1year.   They will compact from 4 inches to…"
Sep 28, 2015
Laura Ward commented on Barbara Middleton's blog post Pine Needles as Mulch? Or is Straw better for the summer?
"I can attest to straw preventing water evaporation. It's why I removed all the straw from my chicken coop & run. It wasn't allowing the ground to dry out after a rain. Good for plants, not so good for a chicken run. Straw is abundant…"
Jun 9, 2015
MaryMcP commented on Barbara Middleton's blog post Pine Needles as Mulch? Or is Straw better for the summer?
"I have two strawberry beds.  One I mulched with mesquite needles, the other with straw that I had run through the leaf blower vacuum attachment to make the pieces smaller.  The mesquite bed dried out WAY faster than the straw bed.…"
May 31, 2015
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May 30, 2015
Barbara Middleton commented on heather rutter's blog post Blackberries
"We have blackberries that we bought from Jeff Ho ("Green Thumb Jeff"), and my husband planted them about two years ago on the east side of the house in the small bed next to the walkway to the back. They are up to the rafters, and both…"
May 30, 2015
bryanwhitebeyondthekitchengarden commented on Barbara Middleton's blog post Composting - Need help please
"The overall volume of either of the two bins pictured appears to be inadequate to equal the minimum 'cubic yard' (3'x3'x3') of material required to sustain a 'hot composting system' (bacterial colony) ... I would…"
Oct 3, 2014
Powell Gammill commented on Barbara Middleton's blog post Composting - Need help please
"Erica beat me to it.  Upside down cone easy to lift off the "pile."  Then pitchfork or shovel the breakdown product into another upside down empty to mix and aerate.  Set the lid on top to hold in moisture, heat and smells…"
Oct 1, 2014

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Pine Needles as Mulch? Or is Straw better for the summer?

I have several beds that need some mulch to protect the plants for the summer and I'd read about using pine needles (which we have a lot of and they are free).  But I've also read in the past about pine needles not being so good, although that may have been regarding compost since they take a long time to break down.  I think being in Arizona our soil would not be hurt by acidification from the needles.

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Posted on May 30, 2015 at 11:07pm — 3 Comments

Composting - Need help please

I have two black bins from City of Mesa for composting, but get almost no useable compost.  I add all my household useable waste and garden stuff (both dry and green), egg cartons and some torn up paper and cardboard bits. The bins are full. Recently I began leaving them open and watering them occasionally. They are…

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Posted on September 21, 2014 at 10:56am — 9 Comments

Love this time of year!

When we had family over Saturday night, we went out into the garden to "pick" our salad. It's so wonderful to have romaine and leafy lettuce, kale, spinach, cilantro, bell pepper, carrots, onion greens, nasturtiums, yellow zucchini, peas and beans to make a salad. (The tomatoes are not ripe enough so had to use store bought.) I love this time of year!

Posted on December 7, 2009 at 7:57pm — 1 Comment

Summer Cover Crops

I have a 6x12 raised bed that's just about through for the most part for the summer. I still have a few onions and carrots and some kale to harvest, and about 4 tomato plants and 3 eggplants that will stay in there, along with the climbing rose in the corner. My other beds have vegies in them that will be there for a while, but not this one. I've read about the benefit of cover crops and wondered what crops would work well and help the bed while I'm not actively using it?

Posted on May 5, 2009 at 6:18pm — 2 Comments

It figures.....

My husband and I have our rain barrels and are going to the class on Sunday -- and it's raining tonight!

Posted on April 11, 2009 at 12:47am

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