Bad news and good news about the composting workshop.

The bad news is not many people showed up and the presenters were late.  The good news is for us diehard composter wannabes who braved temperatures in the 90s, we got personalized attention from Minnie McMahon, the  intern that oversees the garden, and I was able to get one of the garden plots. 

That’s my plot right there with my name on the stick.

Here are a few pictures of the garden.  (Hover to get a description of the picture and click on image to get a larger view)

In my own little compost world, I’m going to dump the compost from my leaf bag  even though everything is not totally broken down yet.  

As you can see, the contents have shrunken down to about 30 percent of the total amount of stuff that went into it (all the growth from the trees along the side of the garage, my neighbor’s grass clippings, miscellaneous weeds and trimmings from the yard, food scraps including the rind from a watermelon and two cantaloupes, shredded newspaper and computer paper, dirt from dead plants, a sprinkling of peat moss), and everything is nice and dark.   And, yes, this little bit of compost did get up to at least 120 on multiple days.

The weather’s been so hot, I’m sure it won’t be long before it’s totally broken down.  Plus, my next batch of greens is coming.

Happy Gardening!!


  1. July 18, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    HOORAY! How big is your plot? It looks like everyone takes really good care of their gardens, although I question the wisdom of so many plants in that high rise planting 🙂

    • July 18, 2010 at 10:56 pm

      The plots are approximately 3 x 10, but it was kind of intimated that if you’re there working your space and there’s extra space available you could get more space.

      I think sometimes you just want to try different planting methods and see if it works, especially if you don’t have a lot of space. I’ve got some swiss chard in a little strawberry planter, but they’re not growing at all. Then I’ve got some herbs in a larger strawberry planter with a PVC tube down the middle with holes in it and it’s doing fairly well.

  2. DaBeardedOne said,

    July 18, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    The ‘unique planting method’ is a variation of the potato tower, where you add mulch as the potatoes grow. Hopefully he has a late type of potato in there.
    Have fun in the new plot. The pictures of your compost don’t show for me 😦
    but the compost sounds like it’s well on its way. Garden On.

  3. meemsnyc said,

    July 18, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    For some reason, can’t see your composting photos. The garden plot looks great.

  4. July 18, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Thanks, DaBeaardedOne and meemsnyc, for the heads up on the pictures. Hopefully they’re visible now.

    I’m excited about getting started with the new plot.

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