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Post time 2011-6-7 21:25:19 |Display all floors
Please post pictures of your garden, and tell us about your interest.

I have a small garden with flowers, bushes, trees and lawn in front, and a vegetable garden in back. We have clay soil with some loam, rock, and a tiny amount of sand. It is excellent for trees, herbs, and grass, but very difficult for flowers and vegetables. Many years of work adding copious amounts of compost  are paying off.
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Post time 2011-6-7 23:47:20 |Display all floors
Originally posted by 1st_resp at 2011-6-7 21:25
Please post pictures of your garden, and tell us about your interest.

I have a small garden with flowers, bushes, trees and lawn in front, and a vegetable garden in back. We have clay soil with ...



Too small but pretty


No swimming pool


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Post time 2011-6-8 00:02:04 |Display all floors
Chi le ma Austin.

Haha! No, no swimming pool, but there is a river not too far away. :)

Yes, it is small, and sometimes I wish for a larger garden. But, then I would wonder where I would find the time to maintain it. :)
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Post time 2011-6-8 01:51:22 |Display all floors
Here is a long spur columbine. They bloom once a year for a about a week in late spring, and then die back to a small, bushy plant that goes dormant in fall. The hummingbirds love them.
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Post time 2011-6-8 02:06:00 |Display all floors
A good garden requires good soil, and good soil requires compost. It starts here in the barrel where all organic matter - garden debris, shredded paper, and kitchen scraps - are comingled and allowed to cook. If the conditions are right, beneficial bacteria flourish raising the temperature beginning the process of decomposition, and sequestering nutrients, ultimately resulting in a stable finished product in several months.
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Post time 2011-6-8 05:57:42 |Display all floors
After a month of cooking, the volume reduces to almost a tenth of the original mass. Water has blown off. Soft tissues have decomposed. That leaves just a small amount of cellulose and lignin based material darkened by biological slime. These requires fungi, insects, and worms to break down further. Hence the need to pile the immature compost in a windrow to finish undisturbed for several months. As it becomes ready in the barrel, I pile it up. Often, I will dig a few scoops out to make compost tea which I water the plants with during the summer. I hill the potatoes with the dregs from the tea. In the fall, after the garden dies back, I spread the compost to finish in situ on next years rows. Flowers and strawberries start in a fresh bed of compost each year.
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Post time 2011-6-11 10:50:06 |Display all floors

lovely

It is fabulous.  I am fascinated by your lovely and beautiful flower.

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