Thursday, May 27, 2010

Kimberly Update

Farmer No. 2 was very doubtful. There are written rules about composting and last fall one of the farmers broke 90% of them. In the fall we stuffed Kimberly (our composter) full of yard waste and basically let her sit there over the winter. To No.2's amazement it almost all decomposed into a rich black gold. We peeked in a few weeks ago and saw some sprouting weeds. That happens when you throw weeds in for composting and don't tend the pile. A well tended pile heats up hot enough to kill seeds.

Back to Kimberly. We emptied her out to use in a new pepper box we built. (you can see a weed sprout)
The compost was still a little clumpy so it needed to be broken up.
And behold! Sifted compost ready for the plants.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The subway makes it smell nice

The F Train subway line comes out of the ground just down at the end of our street. At night the breeze of the passing subway smells like jasmine tea. The pleasant smell comes from our night blooming jasmine plant along one of our fences.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wedding Bells

Farmer No 1 and No 2 were married this past august. The small outdoor wedding was held in the mother of the bride's beautiful backyard... you can see that our love of gardening runs in the family. Another farmer, Martha Stewart, is showing more of our photos on her website.