well fed

this time of year tends to make one well fed.   and caution is advised.  the garden will be well fed in the spring as replanting occurs.  seen is the compost pile in spring, mid summer, and fall.  the first three to the left are working piles.  add a layer of plant matter about 12 inches deep 30.48 cm.  with a layer of dirt on top.   about one inch or up to six inches deep of dirt,  depending on how much time you have to keep things moving.  keep it barely damp and age for 9 to 12 months.  empty as needed.  it is good exercise.  and the finished product is at the far right.  it is great for planting.  it is also one component of keeping a place for a more natural balance of bugs in the garden.  we use compost, organic fertilizer, and companion plantings and natural predators here.  we do not use artificial fertilizers, or pesticides.  the lawn gets sunlight, rain, and a high cutting to minimize the growth of weeds  and little else.  it is not all grass by any measure.  there is a mix of clover and what others might call weeds.  to me it is a more balanced lawn.  and it is just green mulch to hold the soil in place until it can be changed to active garden.  let’s just say it is at least close to half garden.  the lawn here is meant to be a pathway – not a putting green.  or to put it dirt simple, more time in the garden and less time cutting the lawn.  four images…

moving-compost spring compost pile IMG_1386 grdn summer img_5785 compost fall grdn13-000-img_1413 det

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