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Re: Composting > temps


Skiff of snow on my car this am. Bah, humbug! I'd happily skip winter. But.... I do like Christmas. And spring is so welcome after the cold weather.. Since it's here, I hope we get one hard freeze to kill the pine borers. I'll try to remember to focus on how beautiful the snow is. Stay warm Pam. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Pam Evans" <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, November 27, 2006 7:01 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Composting > temps


Guess everyone will get a visit from that Arctic front they are expection
here.  Pfffft on hard freezes.

On 11/26/06, Zemuly Sanders <zsanders@midsouth.rr.com> wrote:

The temps here have been mid-70s, but like you they will plummet on
Thursday
night to mid-20s.  I'm not putting up more than a door decoration
regardless. :o)
zem
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, November 26, 2006 3:37 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Composting > temps


> We've been dry and 55 to 60+ here and will be through Wed.  Then a big
> drop to high of 30.  I had no excuse to not put up Cmas
decorations.  They
> went up yesterday but I refuse to turn them on until sometime in
December.
>
> Kitty
> neIN, Zone 5
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "pdickson" <pdickson@sbcglobal.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Sunday, November 26, 2006 12:55 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Composting
>
>
>>I use lots of straw and mulch in my garden but I also put down a layer
of
>>newspapers first.  I don't ever till my garden any more. I just dig a
hole
>>and put in a plant.... way easy and the soil is wonderful. Just be >>sure
>>to keep it moist so that it can break down and keep it from blowing
away.
>> It has been a wonderful fall here... but on Wednesday of next week we
are
>> suppose to drop from the 70's to the 30's.  It looks like winter is
>> almost here.
>> Tricia
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Zemuly Sanders" <zsanders@midsouth.rr.com>
>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>> Sent: Sunday, November 26, 2006 9:56 AM
>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Composting
>>
>>
>>> The people I've known to use straw as a mulch on their vegetables >>> have
>>> simply laid it around them.  I'm certainly no expert in that area.
>>> zem
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "Cathy Carpenter" <cathy.c@insightbb.com>
>>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>>> Sent: Sunday, November 26, 2006 6:50 AM
>>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Composting
>>>
>>>
>>>> Related issue - I have decided to mulch my vegetable garden with
>>>> straw next spring?. Do I put the straw into the compost pile at
>>>> season's end, or simply dig it into the garden soil?
>>>>
>>>> Cathy, west central IL, z5b
>>>>
>>>> On Nov 25, 2006, at 7:02 PM, Zemuly Sanders wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> How great to hear from you, Marge.  On the subject of comoposting,
>>>>> I know I have mentioned our MG compost project in the past, but for
>>>>> anybody who wasn't here then or has forgotten... We found an
>>>>> excellent way to compost by creating our enclosure out hay bales
>>>>> and simply incorporating them into the mix as they break down.  We
>>>>> make all the compost for the UT WTREC (Univ. of TN West TN Research
>>>>> & Education Center), formerly known as the UT Experiment Station.
>>>>> zem
>>>>> zone 7
>>>>> West TN
>>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@clubhouse-
>>>>> designs.com>
>>>>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>>>>> Sent: Saturday, November 25, 2006 6:35 PM
>>>>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Composting
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>>> From: Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT
>>>>>> <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
>>>>>>> So how many of you have real compost piles? Are you diligent >>>>>>> about
>>>>>>> turning them or is it just a place to dump organic matter?
>>>>>> ----------
>>>>>> I've been making compost for something like 36 years or so. Have >>>>>> a
>>>>>> main compost area that is 2 piles...one old I use and the other
being
>>>>>> added to plus several smaller piles around behind things to save
>>>>>> hauling it back to the main one and a couple major mounds in the
>>>>>> woods - gotta go mine those soon as I'm using my 'good' pile up
fast
>>>>>> with potting soil and will soon run out.  Everything gets either
>>>>>> composted or eaten by the critters who also go through the kitchen
>>>>>> waste just to make sure I haven't put anything really tasty on the
>>>>>> heap.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I used to turn it but have not for many years.  Find it decomposes
>>>>>> fine in a year so the old pile works for putting on beds or making
>>>>>> potting soil.  Weeds sprout from it but mostly in the potting soil
>>>>>> mix and they're easy to pull out of the pots - my beds are so full
>>>>>> they don't get much chance to grow and I mulch as well.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Also have a couple three leaf piles - the resulting leaf mold is
>>>>>> black gold.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> O'course, I also have regular rain. You're right, Cyndi - water >>>>>> is
>>>>>> the key to compost rotting.  I've had dry years and no time to
water
>>>>>> leaf piles and dug into them a year or so later to find wads of >>>>>> dry
>>>>>> leaves same as went into them.  Think you might give that black
>>>>>> plastic idea a try...good thought.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
>>>>>> who is waaaaay behind with email yet again....
>>>>>>
>>>>>> mtalt@hort.net
>>>>>> Shadyside Garden Designs
>>>>>>
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