First Day of Spring

Not the official first day of spring. That day here it was snowing. Today is probably a teaser (plus 7 Celsius) but I decided to do some work in the yard. Our place has an apparently dead garden, with some shrubs probably surviving by the roots, a compost bin, and some grass. Here’s some photos of what it looked like when I headed out there this afternoon.

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I’ll be honest. I’m an idealist, and a little naive. I thought I was going to open the bottom of the compost to find dark, rich soil. Instead I was greeted by a mess of ultra-dry and dead shrubs and grass.

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The top of the compost was filled with dog poop – Thanks Mike.

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This is our garden… ahem… dirt patch. Lots of nearly dead shrubs.

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The remainder of the yard (you can see in this photo our Alaskan Malamute, Timber).

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This is an ‘after’ shot. I shoved down all the fibrous stuff and shovelled in the pine needles I swept from the patio. Then I added our first ‘real’ compost contribution from the kitchen. Here’s to decomposition!

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This is an ‘after’ shot of the patio, needles swept.

Next mission is to find out how to speed up composting. I’m assuming I need to correct the ratio of wet:dry compost, and maybe introduce some earth worms.