Composting for Anarchists – Organic Gardening – MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Composting for Anarchists – Organic Gardening – MOTHER EARTH NEWS. Β  This works with another idea I have had. Crops such as potatoes and tomatoes which can sometimes pass on diseases (like blight) are sometimes suggested to be binned and not composted but that doesn’t sit well with me. Crop rotation is recommended due to diseases in the soil being present and ready to infect the next crop if it’s the same plant family and also because each plant has specific nutrients it requires and the soil will be depleted after a crop. Better to plant something different that uses different minerals or even returns them to the soil (like legumes). Hence, I wondered whether tomato plants could be composted in the garden where they had grown,Β (aside from clearly diseased plants) thus returning the nutrients the plant has taken back into the soil from whence they were taken. πŸ™‚ If your crop was diseased the soil will likely already contain the pathogens so you shouldn’t plant the same crop again for some years anyway. If someone knows better, please let me know. It’s just a thought I’ve had. πŸ™‚

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Quiet in the blogosphere…

…Busy in the real world. πŸ™‚

Things have been busy here again after a period of quiet and recuperation. It feels good to be back in the saddle so to speak. πŸ™‚ Continue reading

Raked and composted

Yep, we raked this morning. No, the town is not leaf free. πŸ˜‰ Yes, I have a lovely amount of leaves that areΒ now composting in the front garden in wire mesh baskets all ready to do its thing and turn into lovely nitrogen and carbon-rich plant food. πŸ™‚ Continue reading

Fear and a veggie garden makeover

Last week I was working hard to clear my RSS feed of unread posts. I follow quite a few bloggers and some of them are rather prolific in their posts. 1 or more per day. Some are heavy bloggers, others light. Some fun, some permaculture, some cooking and basically a wonderful variety of information. Some days I can’t handle the heavy posters. I mean, how much doom and gloom can one handle? I KNOW the climate is going to hell in a handbasket. I KNOW our economy teeters on the brink of an all out and likely permanent collapse, or at least never to be recovered in the same way, and I KNOW that we are also on the slippery slope down the post peak oil slide. Some days I want information on just how screwed the world is. Other days I need to forget this so I can continue to function. Continue reading