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mountain md wrote: Sep 23rd, 2023, 8:03 am Good job Danspeed great pictures. When making compost it needs carbon and nitrogen and moisture (water) to work. Nitrogen can be anything green (garden waste, lawn clippings (no pesticides) manure of any kind, even weeds without mature seeds will work, kitchen scrapes no meat. Carbon can be sawdust, unwaxed cardboard although these have No Nutrients Leaves are by far the best, shredded with lawn mower speeds up decomposition. I use about 60% horse manure, mostly alfalfa feed and throw in some other greens if any are available and the other 40% are leaves, mostly maple. Wet everything until quite damp then mix all the stuff together and this should make a hot pile if it is at least a cubic yard in size. For faster decomposition the pile needs to be turned about every 3 to 4 days until the pile starts to quit heating then about once a week to keep the pile aerated so the microbes can work properly and they also need water so never let the pile dry out. This work will all pay off with a compost that has lots of nutrients ( if you use leaves and manure ) in less than a year , more like six to eight months. Good luck and happy gardening.
Great info mountain md and welcome! I'd love to get some horse manure but that stuff isn't free anymore.

I checked my compost piles today and noticed steam rising so something's working. Mine aren't easy to turn...

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Think I'll make the fronts removable. It used to be in three sections; new, second stage and finished product. In April I cleaned them out and started again. With 200 zinnias, veggie material, hanging baskets, sunflowers etc. I've ran out of room even after shredding. Today I trenched some like Catsumi suggested.
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Nice, forgot to add, mine compost bin fronts are removable, making mucking out easy.
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You’re composting on an industrial scale there Danspeed! Looks like you have it all figured out.

The trench method is good for smaller amounts, a pail or two here and there. Not for a forest.

Seedless cucs. I wonder if that’s caused by plant aging out, not enough energy left to produce seeds, maybe. Just a guess.
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do your compost bins smell? Does the horse manure smell or is it somehow treated?
That's soon large scale gardening you have Mountain.
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Smelly manure is a great way to make good neighbors turn or bad neighbors move! I wonder if there's a bylaw regarding the use of manure within city limits.
Catsumi wrote: Sep 23rd, 2023, 5:42 pm You’re composting on an industrial scale there Danspeed! Looks like you have it all figured out.

The trench method is good for smaller amounts, a pail or two here and there. Not for a forest.

Seedless cucs. I wonder if that’s caused by plant aging out, not enough energy left to produce seeds, maybe. Just a guess.
I don't have anything figured out. I'm going to start again with the advise from others here. Thanks all!

The cucumber doesn't taste too good. Kind of like undercooked white bread. Wasn't a good year for cucumbers!

Things are still growing! I've got volunteer sunflower, tomato and bush peas sprouting. I've been waiting for weeks for my lilies to bloom and noticed today the buds have gone brown. So much for that show!
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These are the iris I'm ousting. Why do I feel so guilty? :135:
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Red Currant currently needing a new home. Anyone?
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It's become apparent that moving the Red Currant bush out is not going to be an easy task. I have removed a great deal of vegetative growth around it. Iris are out, bulbs are disturbed and sunflowers cut back. What needs to be done is a youtube vid about disturbing HUGE bush to move it. Best practise. Brb.
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^^^ If that pic was taken now I'd say it's not looking too healthy. They say fall is the best time to move a currant. Looking online the root system isn't much. Use a radius spade or square shovel to shear the roots maybe a foot from the base then try pulling it out or use a larger shovel to lever it out. If that doesn't work tie it to your car bumper and drive off! ... I tried removing Creeping Cotton Easter (Cotoneaster adpressus) once and even chained to an orchard tractor it was difficult.
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No that's a Spring photo before leaf out. See the tulip leaves? Right now it's covered in leaves and needs a hard prune. I am going to replace it with blueberry next Spring.

I've removed iris from all around it now, spread out the mound of free dirt the neighbour gave me and will be pruning the red currant for pre-dig out. Car pull won't work here, I wish.
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Performed the "surface scratch test" this morning and the dirt just a mere inch down is bone dry. Watering perennials now by hand due to having lots of rainbarrel water. Also wetting down the compost.
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Anyone planting garlic or are you way ahead with that?
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Queen K wrote: Sep 29th, 2023, 10:26 am Anyone planting garlic or are you way ahead with that?
Yeaaah, I failed to pull about half of it - does that count? I did plant some too
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Queen K wrote: Sep 29th, 2023, 10:26 am Anyone planting garlic or are you way ahead with that?
Sometime after we're home, maybe mid-to late-October I'll do the planting.
I've bought a couple of dozen bulbs, some red Russia, but mostly music.
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Garlic going in. And fyi, the soil just two inches down is dry as dust. Water all your plants people, the rain did very little.
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