My son built me a huge worm bin before he moved to the mid-west.
It looks like a huge coffin on legs!
It is high enough, that I do not have to bend over. The lid is hinged.
The lid has two sides. I just prop it with a 2×2.
Happy worms eating kitchen scrapes and shredded paper. I cover them with leaves and black plastic.
Now for the best idea of all. This worm bin is self-sorting. He installed hardware cloth divisions. When one side gets pretty full of worm castings – I just quit feeding that side and feed the side next to it. The worms go through the hardware cloth to get to the food. And I am left with worm free castings!
I try to always give my baby plants a fist full of worm castings when they are transplanted.
Tthought I would show you my very happy Clematis. It is a Sweet Autumn. It has spread over the arch into the Upper Garden and on to the side fence. I have had to give it several hair cuts to be able to go into the upper garden area.
See the tall trees. They are on three sides. That is why I have so little sun and have to turn this area into a shade garden.
I guess Autumn is on it’s way. Yeah, cooler weather! 😄
My new helper came the other day. His name is Mike. He is 34 and a nice young man. I am pleased. He is a gardener and he has chickens! And he is sooooo interested in Permaculture. He is learning about Permaculture and I am getting some of the HEAVY work done. Here is a picture of the raised beds after 6 hours of Mike.
Wall is 2 blocks high 8′ on one side and 20′ on the other. Lots of blocks and dirt moved.
The mound on the right was a Huglekultur – not easy to move. So this part of the path is narrow,
And a lot of clay was dug up and dumped in the ditches of the new central path. Getting close to where we can get a cart down it.
It will get smoother and mulched.
And blocks were removed from the raised bed in the Greenhouse and toted to the garden for those raised beds. The dirt will get moved as we need it.
Not pretty, but work in process!
Just a update. And a glimmer of what is to come.
A few years back, I placed an Ad on Craig’s list for a Garden Helper. Here is the Ad. I have tweaked it over the years to this perfection. Continue reading
After 40 plus years of gardening, I have narrowed my tools down to a few favorite work horse tools. Ones I just can’t do without. My very favorite is my Garden Way Cart……. Continue reading
Today I planned to open up the fence and work on the new “cart friendly” path. First I had to cut a hole in the chain link fence and cut the deer net. I cut the fence so I could pull it back over and tie it closed. Otherwise the deer will get in and eat my Okra! Continue reading
This is a massive job! But, it will be wonderful when finished. I will have really raised beds. Two concrete blocks high. I can sit on the blocks and weed or pick. The paths will all be “cart wide”. No more carrying things to the beds. The paths will also act as swales to collect and soak rain water. Unfortunately …….
My garden helper, David, called. Asked if I needed him. YES, I NEEDED HIM! We almost finished the Upper Garden in 4 hours! He moved concrete blocks from the upper edge of the beds to a holding area next to the side garden. 4 blocks at a time in the cart! These blocks have dirt in them with vines, herbs or succulents growing in them. (Heavy!) Then…. Continue reading
My Permaculture plan is governed a bit by the hardscape that is already in place. Brick paths are more than I care to tear out and move. I also like having the firm path to walk on and roll my cart. Here is how I plan to do it. Continue reading