I will grow some plants, then eat them.

Herb Garden Week 5

August 10th, 2010 by Ian

Update in the Herb Garden saga.  It’s going well, particularly in basil land, which is the most important to me anyway.  Have picked a few batches of basil as well as salad greens, but they keep right on’a growing.

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Notes from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Composting

July 25th, 2010 by Ian

Just finished reading The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Composting on my iPad.  So I remember the details here are some notes.

The central theme of the book is don’t over think composting.  You don’t have to measure the pH level, or calculate your precise nitrogen to carbon ratio.  Mother nature will compost naturally, no matter how badly you screw up.  Comforting.

The three ingredients for good compost are carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen.  You get the oxygen from turning the compost occasionally.  Micro-organisms come from the ground underneath your compost, and are the workhorse of the process.  They are mostly kinds of good bacteria.  But worms and other macro-organisms are also really helpful.

Carbon to nitrogen ratio should be 30:1 in your compost.  As a point of reference, cut grass is 20:1, fruit waste is 35:1, wood chips are 400:1.  But basically, you should just strive for 50:50 brown to green.  Half carbon based, half nitrogen based. Read the rest of this entry »

Herb Garden Week 2

July 23rd, 2010 by Ian

I planted an herb garden with my sister two weeks ago.  Here is the progress so far.

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