Soil Prep Part 1
Today I tilled compost into three parts of my garden – Kale, Carrots, and Asparagus. I also started building my pretty little walkways! First, I turned the soil to about a foot deep. I added an inch of compost on top, and tilled the soil again. I then layered decomposing leaf and grass waste on top, where it will stay so the soil can settle for the next two weeks. When I get back from my trip, I’ll be planting my first batch of seeds into the ground!
Inheriting a compost pile is a blessing. Initially I was a little scared to lift the bottom and see what was at the bottom of the black bin, but when did, and started digging, I was pleasantly surprised with about two square feet of black mud. In this compost there was definitely remnants of eggshells, pine needles, and the odd root but now that I’ve seen it tilled it makes sense. I’m still trying to be patient to see how long it takes for this process to occur in my black bin. Right now, what’s left at the bottom of the bin just looks like a goopy mess….I think I’ll need to chop up my vegetable waste better before I put it into the black bin from now on. I ran into a couple whole fruits, albeit undistinguishable type. Any suggestions for composting are greatly appreciated!
Tilling is definitely tough work! I ran into a neighbour who offered to let me borrow her rototiller, which I thought “maybe next year, I want to try this all by hand”. Well after today (and only 1/8 of my garden actually touched) I think I might take her up on that offer!