Item #1 was to clean out the compost bin. Here it is, in the middle of being emptied:
|Emptying my informal compost: 5 pallets with the front a hinged door.|
If I was good I would have 2 of these compost bins set up next to each other and would take the top stuff from one and put it in the other when I'm cleaning out like this. But I'm not so I just pulled out all the stuff on the top that hadn't decomposed yet and put it aside on a tarp. The hay in the middle I pitched elsewhere. After I put it on last year I considered how many weed seeds are probably in that hay and decided it was just Dumb (yes, capital D) to put it in there. If it got really hot it could kill the seeds but it doesn't so they're outta there!
I spread it around, putting it in areas that didn't get compost last year. I wish I'd taken a picture of my garden last August. The spinach plants that had compost soil were about a foot taller, darker green, lush and thick compared to the ones in the natural soil in that area. Wish that would motivate me to compost more! and better! but I muddle along with what time and energy I have.
|Ahhhhh--a beautiful garden all ready to plant!|
|Last year's potatoes from my garden ready to plant!.|
For this year so far the garden 'bill' has been $100, fifty for the tiller and fifty for plant starts for the greenhouse. I am always doing a cost-benefits analysis to make sure I don't spend more than the food is worth. With prices as high as they are here, and the home-grown organic element as well, I think we are way ahead of the price curve. I don't want to try not planting to find out though!
With today the last day of school, the next couple days are going to be planting days. It is a bit early as there was still thick frost in the soil a few days ago, but we're about to launch off on summer adventures so it's now or never! My attitude toward's gardening is "throw it in and see if it grows!" If it doesn't I replant (taking advantage of the crazy-fast Alaskan growing season) or put something else like lettuce or spinach in where it didn't come up/died. No space goes to waste! Hopefully in the craziness of planting I'll snap a few pictures and keep you posted on how it goes!