We have three compost piles. One is the one we put manure in presently. That is what you see in the photo above. It is hot, so the snow melts instead of keeping it covered. The other snow piles are covering the other two piles. One is the one we stopped adding to two years ago. It will need another year to set. The other one we will be using this year, as it is now three years old.
I went out there and got two buckets of new compost. Put it in the baking pan and set it in the oven this morning for about three hours at 180 degrees. It sterilizes the compost. To start seeds you don't want anything else in there competing with the seeds. Later on in the garden, all those good things in the soil are welcome, as then the plants need them. But for now, they are in a controlled environment.
Rich compost from our compost pile. It is like gold. Our garden is very productive due to the quality of our soil. We plant everything in raised beds full of this compost. It is easy to work with and full of earthworms. I love the smell of the dirt and the feel of it between my fingers. I guess it is no surprise that one of my favorite things to do as a child was to make mud pies and play in the dirt.
The seeds I ordered from Comstock, Ferre & Co. are heirloom seeds. They do not sell any GMO (genetically modified organism) seeds and that was what I was looking for in a seed company. I do not want to contribute even in a tiny way to Monsanto. If you don't know who Monsanto is, they are currently the company that is in control of the GMO seed market. Anyway, this post is not about the politics of heirloom seeds, but about my own little food factory here.
Today the seeds I stared were winter squash varieties. Last year we grew a few different kinds but didn't get as many to store as I wanted. I want to store as much food as possible. So this year I am doubling the amount of vegetables as I normally do. I will store some fresh and can the rest. Squash is one of our favorites. How about you? What kind of vegetables are you growing this year? I am getting started today because I have spring fever.
Copyright © 2011 Kathleen G. Lupole
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