Tag Archives: Composting

Education: Two Class Offerings, November 2015

It is November, and the heat and humidity, after a brief hiatus, are back upon us and we who have been here all summer and who endure these subtropical summers outdoors, do so knowing that by the time November comes we will have our windows open and cool dry breezes will waft through the house to […]

Composting: A Look At Composting For Beginners

 
Curing Compost

This is a complicated time in our society. We use complex tools to accomplish every day chores. It is easy to forget that much that is happening in our world that gets done quickly, efficiently and with little effort from us or our technologies, uses no fossil fuels, and […]

The No Till No Dig Way: Revisiting Soil Tilth and The No Till Garden

No Till Garden

In the article Soil Tilth and The No Till Garden I wrote about my first season as a no till grower. I had questions about how the organic materials I piled onto the tops of my garden beds would wind up helping plants roots and soil below the level […]

Composting: To Turn or Not To Turn?

Turning Up The Fork

If you have been reading this blog you know that my gardens have been thriving in the no till fashion of growing which means, for those of you who are new to this blog, that I grow without turning, tilling, compressing or in any other ways disturbing […]

Composting: The Nose Knows

I am writing Composting: The Nose Knows because making compost is the one thing that so many people just don’t get at first. I think it is because the first thing a person wants to do when they decide to start composting is to keep their kitchen garbage out of the landfill. It is a […]

Friends: Heathcote Botanical Garden’s Community Garden

Photos by Nan and Adina

Heathcote Botanical Garden recently decided to create a community garden. I was fortunate to be at the first meeting about a year ago, and I was able to get involved with this project at the beginning. This community garden is currently focused on growing for a Sarah’s Kitchen in Port […]

Garden Pests: No Problem If You Foster Soil Life, Diversity and Balance

After I wrote the article Garden Pests: Nematodes I received a comment from Naomi. She wrote “Wow, mind boggling how many things can go wrong in a vegetable garden!” Her comment made me realize that I did not bring home the point of my article very well. While there are lots of potential problems […]

The No Till No Dig Way: Why Soil Should Not Be Disturbed

Many consumers and new gardeners are focusing on Organic food and on Organic growing principles for the first time. This is a good start. Unfortunately many growers who are learning about organic principles miss the point and simply switch to organic fertilizers and organic pesticides while adhering to their familiar conventional garden and soil managment […]

Garden Amendments: Composted Cow Manure and The Commando Garden

Composted Cow Manure is an excellent garden amendment. In the garden we focus on the soil a great deal. We work to make great compost, and if it goes in your garden the way it goes in mine you will run out of your home made compost before your compost needs are met. Composted Cow […]

For The Best Composting Materials Learn to Scrounge Around

Leaves Found at Curb


Now that you are composting you will probably look at your world differently. Many people who come talk to me when they first start composting say they are having trouble finding carbonaceous composting materials. For the best composting materials you have to learn to scrounge around. That […]

Manure: An Earthworm Inoculant for Compost?

Eventually when I speak to people about their compost piles and bins the inquiry turns to earthworms, and whether they should *buy worms to add to their compost piles. I always say “Put your compost on the ground, and the earth worms will come.”. That, it seems, has always been true for me, or has […]

Invertebrates of the Compost Pile

This is an excellent article from the Cornell Waste Management Web Site.
I don’t know about you, but it makes me want to run right out and see how many of these invertebrates I can find in my compost heap.

Invertebrates of the Compost Pile
Written by Nancy Trautmann, Cornell Center for the […]