Spring garden

The spring garden is in. I planted peas, beets, turnips, radishes, arugula, and endive. I hope I remember to water it! Last year's parsley didn't come back, but the marjoram has come back for a third year.

I would have liked to get it in a week earlier, but I somehow never seem to think of that until other people start talking about planting theirs. At least it coincided with the day we did letter P for Red Chief's preschool—planting peas was a perfect activity.

I'd like to get started with some sort of composting method. Any recommendations? I'm thinking simple and cheap, to begin with. What do you do?


  1. I use a trash can with holes drilled in and around it. I use a bungee to help keep the lid on. Just roll it around a bit to keep it mixed! It worked great last year and I'm going for the second year! :)

  2. I am also want to leran more about composting. I read somewhere to start small. So, I think I am going to start with coffee grinds. They are great to put around acidic plants. Tomatoes.

  3. We use two big rusty barrels we inherited with our house. We throw scraps in them all year with the occasional shovel full of dirt. They heat up really well and by the time fall rolls around, we work the first barrel we filled into the garden along with the autumn leaves and let the second over winter. In spring we work in the second.

  4. http://momzoo.blogspot.com/2009/10/my-work-space-or-composting-part-i.html


    This is how I compost :)

  5. I've wanted to make a compost bin out of a trash can for a long time but haven't ever gotten around to it. I found instructions here http://www.ehow.com/how_16876_make-compost-bin.html
    but Charity makes it sound much easier! I may have to jump on the band wagon this year.

  6. Personally, I don't think it matters much if you forget to water it here and there. They benefit from getting the moisture from morning dew every morning, too, not just from rain.
    I cheted and bought compost in a bag from Home Depot.
    Annalise and I had loads of fun making "seed balls". You can use up to a hundred seeds in the seed mixture. You mix one part seed mix, three parts compost and five parts red clay. Add water until it's like cookie dough and make the balls various sizes. Bury as you wish, and they will come up like big variety bushes. Don't worry about pruning, they duke it out on their own. It's so much fun for kids, too. Good luck.