Do You Compost?

We’ve moved a lot and the last composting pile I had was in Sparks when we owned our own home. I’ve been turning over the garden in our newest place and decided I wanted a compost pile.

So I made one last night…using a dog training crate that came with a botched dog adoption off of Craig’s list.

From the Back to Basics Traditional Kitchen Wisdom book (LOVE THIS BOOK!) they said to pick a site that’s level, well-drained, and sunny. So I set up the kennel out back near the old grape vine where it will have sun practically all day.

What to Compost?

Greens such as grass clippings, tea bags, coffee grounds, eggshells, fruit & vegetable peelings, and plant cuttings, alfalfa hay, green weeds that have not seeded (except for pernicious weeds). The “greens” rot fast and will provide nitrogen.

Browns such as newspaper (non-glossy paper), leaves, cardboard egg cartons (but I save those to give to local chicken folks), straw, non-treated wood shavings. Browns provide fiber, carbon and air into the mix.

Water…make sure everything stays damp.

Air…turn over your mixture to introduce oxygen.

I’m going to throw in a container of fishing worms for good measure…they say red worms or red wrigglers are the best ones as they thrive on kitchen waste.

Items that should NOT go onto you pile are chemically treated wood products, diseased plants, human and pet waste, meat or bones, fatty food waste, milk products, and pernicious weeds (plants that are destructive to other plants in their midst are sometimes characterized as pernicious weeds).

Garden Update….as of Father’s Day 2010

My potato plants are starting to bloom…very pretty, indeed. I planted both yukon and some sort of purple potato.



I planted two purple tomatillos into pots…they get pretty big and I had no room in the little 4×4 planters. They are starting to put on blooms/fruit.


The romas, black russians, and brandywines are also putting on blooms.

Peppers too!

Also doing great are the garlic and onions!

How Does Your Garden Grow….Sparks, Nevada…early May 2009

How is everyone’s garden out there in northern Nevada?

I’m getting a slower start than I did last year. But I figured I’d wait to finish planting until May 16th, when I get my heirloom tomatoes and whatnot from the UNCE Master Gardener Plant Sale.

Here’s what is poking their heads up so far ~

Garlic and Red & Yellow Onions

Garlic and Red & Yellow Onions

Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage

Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage

Red & White Radishes

Red & White Radishes

Heirloom Beets (insides are red and white...like tree rings)

Heirloom Beets (insides are red and white...like tree rings)

Two of the three Horseradish plants are up and about too! I’ll get pictures this weekend. The carrots just woke up.

My blueberry plants are blooming ~

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And here are some pictures of the front yard….looking much better now that we yanked those stupid Junipers out! See all those rocks below? Those are what we pull out of the ground when digging. Lots and lots of river cobbles.

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