Here we are at Harvest Monday again hosted by Daphne at Daphne’s Dandelions, and I just harvested my entire “corn field”…all 14 stalks of corn grow in an approximately 4×8 space shared by a couple of monster hosta plants and globe alium…and one volunteer tomato that’s peeking through at the 7 o’clock position.
I’m thinking if those *&%$%&#@ing earwigs hadn’t eaten all the silks off the corn, the suckers (ears on the right) would have been able to be pollinated and would have produced some decent ears of corn. But I’ll give them an E for effort anyway because you can see they tried. Now I’ll have to figure out what to plant in the spot the corn vacated. If I was a really good square foot intensive gardener I’d already have transplants growing to plop right into the bed.
You see that beige and green container in the first picture (about at the 1 o’clock position)? That’s my new composter, formerly known as collapsible leaf bag (another FreeCycle find). I was generating too much glorious garden garbage to let it just go to waste. Honestly, I felt guilty when I couldn’t compost my wastes.
All those trees we cut down last year have sent out new growth along the trunks and the second time I had to remove the foliage is when I put the new “composter” to work.
Let me stop you if the thought occurred to you that: Wouldn’t it be easier if you cut the tree trunks down? Well, that was the plan, but I’ve been reading (too much knowledge can be a dangerous thing I know), and some of the books talk about growing your own compostables. So, when I saw all those lush, vitamin and mineral enriched leaves sitting there, the thought occurred to me that I could have a steady supply of greens for composting. So, as of now the trunks stay, they’ll live to sprout another day.
There are about nine trunks along the side of the garage. What I did was I chopped all the foliage on the trees and put it into the leaf bag. When I was done it was about 75 percent full. As I was going along I layered in the stuff that I had dropped on the ground instead of throwing in the garbage that had started to dry out. In about three days when I gave the contents a little flip, even though it was warm outside, I saw steam rising out of the container. If I had another spot to start another pile I’d stop adding to this one and let it finish, but I don’t, so I keep adding, adding, adding. I’m missing my earth machine now, but at least the sweet potato vines growing in it are looking pretty.
Anyway, here are a few pictures of what I’ve been able to harvest since my last Harvest Day post.
What have you been harvesting? Pop over to Daphne’s and link up with her so everybody can see the glorious goodies growing in your garden.