Monthly Archives: April 2011

Compostumbler Is Getting Full

My new compostumbler is getting full.  The other day I looked in.  It was more than 3/4 full.  It has been very wet looking so I didn’t think my mix of greens and browns was  correct.  So I have been adding shredded leaves as the brown material.    The leaves are a good addition, mixing in nicely, absorbing some of the wetness.  I can feel how much is in there when I rotate it.  It feels heavy and I can hear the kerplunk as the material goes around.  Even though there is so much in there and it is heavy, the gearing system makes it easy to turn.

I wanted to take a picture of it being so full.  So I went out a few days later Compost Tumbler Getting Fullwith my camera in hand and now it looks to be over 1/2 full.    The compost is shrinking!  I was surprised that the compost had compressed so quickly.  It must be working well.  That is just the nature of compost.  Your pile can be very large and as the compost critters start to work, the pile gets smaller.  It is the same in the worm bin.  I start off with a worm bin full of moistened newspaper and after a week the pile goes down a little as the worms work the scraps and the newspaper.

When I saw that the compost had shrunk, I thought I would keep adding kitchen scraps to build it up.  After thinking about it,  I decided that I would like to see a finished product.  If I keep adding kitchen scraps then it will prolong the process because all the new food scraps will need to be composted.  So I am stopping and letting the process complete itself so I can see the finished compost.  I will just add the food scraps to another bin for awhile.  I am very excited to see the finished product.

Read more about what kind of compost bin to buy at  Compact Compost Tumbler.  The picture above is a Compact Compostumbler.

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Update on Sugar Snap Peas and Sun-gold Tomatoes

Update on Sugar Snap PeasThis is an update on Sugar Snap Peas planted earlier this year.  The first batch of Sugar Snap Peas that were planted on March 15th are about 12 inches tall.  They are looking very good and the plastic fence is keeping the hungry rabbits away from the peas.  I have planted 2 other batches (one every week or so) so hopefully we will have these delectable treats for a longer period.  Some plants are growing up the fence so I pulled them off and encouraged them to grow up the tomato cage.

Sun Gold Cherry TomatoesThe Sun-gold Cherry Tomatoes were planted February 2.   Maybe a little too early, because they were ready to be planted before the last frost date.  Also they were taking up a lot of room in my house!  So some were planted before the last frost date and some after.  There were 6.  On really cold nights I covered them with plastic buckets.  There were lots of cold days so I didn’t know how they would fare.

They are looking good now and they actually have flower buds on them.  I know people say to wait until it is really warm to plant tomatoes, but even with some cold days and nights these are doing quite well.  Maybe it is because we also have had several hot days in the upper 80’s which is very unusual for this area.

Sun Gold Tomato SeedlingThe picture to the left is the Sun-gold cherry tomato seedling from February.  You can see that it has grown a lot.  Compare the seedling to the picture above it.  These plants produce a very delicious orange cherry tomato.  I had so many last year that I froze some and used them in soup and bean dishes over the winter.  When I am in the garden on summer mornings I just keep popping them into my mouth because they are so sweet and scrumptious!

By the way the tomatoes and peas were planted with lots of worm compost, regular compost and rabbit manure dug into the soil.