To start things off I have changed my method of composting egg shells. Previously I had stopped collecting them because I hated to look at chunks of egg all over the place. I then took some inspiration from Chiot's Run last spring. She collects them, drys them out and grinds them up. So I started dry them out, then I stored them in a glass jar(shaken to break them up) and once the jar was full I blitzed them up in the food processor. With this done I added them to the compost, you could also spread these under your tomatoes to help with blossom end rot.
I have done some compost overhauling so I thought I would do an update on it. Here is a shot of the bin when I started. It was recently full to the top and has shrunk down by a third. It was mainly full of grass clippings & weeds so it was in need of some major turning.
Here is a shot of the material I have removed from the veggie garden recently. On the ground is the broccoli plants that I harvested a few weeks ago and have left laying on the back driveway. In the wheel barrow is all the peas vines, broad bean plants, veggie thinnings & weeds that came out of the garden this weekend.
When I have a lot of material to add to the compost and when it is in need of major turning I find it easiest to put all the material on the driveway, mix and then add back to the bin. It is next to impossible to properly turn these black bins.
With the material mostly mixed on the driveway I added it all back to the bin well trying to have a nice mix of half composted material and green material. I also added the ground egg shells in thin layers.
Now for the money shot, here it is all filled up and topped with kitchen scraps and coffee grounds. Some may find this beautiful, Some may find it gross. I'm in the gross category but I do enjoy the finished product and that it reduces our household waste.
To ends things off Miss M has just done a post on making fertilizer out of many common plants & weeds that accumulate high amounts of nutrients. If you check out Her blog, The Informal Gardener you will find a chart that shows which plants have what nutrients and how to go about making the tea. A very informative read.
*for the next couple post I will continue updating on the crops I missed last week. I think all that is left is peppers, squash, cucumbers, root crops & onions
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