Posts tagged ‘vermicompost’

Getting Busy! Gardener’s Journal 4/27/11

It’s getting busy in the garden now!

My parents arrived from the UK last week and I been keeping them busy digging new beds and tidying up the perennial beds out front.  I have been busy repotting some of the seedlings – even though it has turned warm all of a sudden, I am not planning to put out the tomatoes, peppers etc. for another couple of weeks at least, so they needed a new temporary home.  I harvested the bottom box of the vermicompost (worm), mixed it with 1/3 part coir and 1/3 part vermiculite for the potting mixture – it seemed to be a little lacking in substance compared to the commercial mix I had been using but at least it was homemade (aka cheaper) and the seedlings will tell me if its good or not. They have been enjoying the warm weather in the last couple of days (and I have been saving electricity), by putting them outside in the daytime to see the real sun instead of pretend fluorescent lamps!

I sprayed the apple & cherry trees and the grape vine yesterday with the homemade spray – molasses, vinegar, fish and seaweed.  I couldn’t do the peach since it is in full bloom right now – how pretty it is!  I do have some blooms on the cherry tree, but not much coverage.  I did purchase some Neem oil to add to the mixture but it was solid, so I have to take it back.

On the harvesting front – we have been enjoying the asparagus – super tasty.  I read in the Victory Garden cookbook, that you can peel asparagus so that the lower less tender portion is more palatable – that worked great!  We had friends over for Easter lunch and we had plenty for a small appetizer.  We finished the first radish crop and have been taking the odd lettuce leaf from the cold frame for our lunches.  The lettuce seedlings I transplanted into the garden are much less happy than the ones in the cold frame, I think it got a bit too cold on a couple of nights and also the soil is much less rich – it was a bit of a shock to them – hopefully they will buck up and start growing soon..  I also transplanted six broccoli seedlings from the cold frame – I have them under fabric to protect them from the dreaded cabbage worm that ate them all last year.

May 5, 2011 at 12:31 am Leave a comment

Two-Story Worm Bin

This morning I added a new layer to my worm bin, I may have left it a bit too long.  I have a Worm Factory 360 and started it in October – the worm population seems to have reduced somewhat and it is getting a little smelly.  This should do the trick though, I put 3/4 brick of coir (coconut fiber) mixed with water and some newspaper into the second story and placed it on top of the first one.  I will take a peek tomorrow to see if any of the worms have moved upward.  There seems to be rather a lot of paper left in the bottom layer, but I guess that will rot eventually.

February 19, 2011 at 9:36 pm Leave a comment


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