Show off your pile!

oldpaddyNovember 7, 2010

Let's see the goods!

I have 5 piles in various stages of composting. I plan on starting at least one more pile and maybe three more.



I'm going to use the blue barrel in the spring to make compost/seaweed tea.


Since I don't have the money to build or fill in this 10yr old foundation I've decided to turn it into a vegetable garden.


My piles are mostly made with mulched leaves, seaweed/eelgrass, horse manure with shavings, coffee grounds, kitchen scraps and fish guts. Plus a pan of wood ash in each one.

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annpatt

Can you see the steam? That particular pile, in the process of being turned, is from a few years ago. It has all the things you mention, but with a whopping helping of pumpkin parts.

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jonhughes(So.Oregon)

11-1-2010

Majority of the garden wastes cooking like crazy ;-)

11-6-2010

Addition of Boatload of leaves,each area got mixed with equal amounts of materials..

Here is a link that might be useful: Why Sift Compost ????

    Bookmark   November 7, 2010 at 1:39PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Well, to get back to the reality of a modest home-owner's compost pile (modest pile, not necessarily a modest home-owner):

The main pile is free standing and well along the way - I use the black bin to pretreat paper mixes and for winter kitchen scrap dumping. When it gets full I add it to one end of the windrow-style pile.

The oaks and a few wild cherries have obligingly helped me out by adding leaves.

Claire

    Bookmark   November 9, 2010 at 11:47AM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Oh, and I'll mix those leaves into the pile as is, when it stops raining and the wind dies down. I'll spread the compost half-finished on the garden (non-vegetable) along with the leaves already fallen there.

My garden is a hybrid of ornamental plantings and wildlife habitat so un-shredded leaves look quite natural, at least to my eyes.

Claire

    Bookmark   November 9, 2010 at 12:08PM
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jonhughes(So.Oregon)

WOW Claire ! !
That is a nice pile.....looks gorgeous ;-)

BTW... I am just a modest homeowner too ;-)

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

OK, Jon, here is a part of my garden in July with nary a concrete block in sight. (I'm not sure I even own a concrete block....)

I'll pass on the personal photo though.


Claire (who is always amazed at the differences in peoples' gardens)

    Bookmark   November 9, 2010 at 5:34PM
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jonhughes(So.Oregon)

Hi Claire,
Beautiful Flowers ! !
I had a flower in my garden too ;-)

Here is a link that might be useful: Jon's Wonderful Garden 2010

    Bookmark   November 9, 2010 at 6:03PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Very impressive, Jon! Lots of well-grown, happy vegetables (and flowers). "Bountiful" is a word that comes to mind.

You did good.

Claire

    Bookmark   November 9, 2010 at 8:25PM
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Lloyd

Jeez, and all I grew is one lousy tomato plant.

Kinda embarrassing after seeing those two gardens! :-(

Lloyd

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jonhughes(So.Oregon)

But it is a mighty fine Tomato plant ;-)

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Lloyd

Next year I'm taking pictures of my Canadian Thistle patch!

What the heck is that purple thing on the bottom left (not the grapes, I know what grapes are)? Shape looks like a pepper but are there purple peppers?

I can't ask DW, she'll just roll her eyes at me and give me that "You're a dolt" look.

Lloyd

    Bookmark   November 9, 2010 at 8:50PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Ooh, such lovely tomatoes and vegetables and fruit! Guess who's coming to dinner!

Claire

    Bookmark   November 9, 2010 at 9:02PM
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nutsaboutflowers(2b/3a)

Your pictures make a person hungry, Jon.

And Claire, I love your flowers. What is that animal? Not spikey enough for a porcupine?? Smooth enough for a muskrat? What the heck is he/she?

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jonhughes(So.Oregon)

Lloyd, You nailed it Brother ;-0
They come in all colors, white to black ! !

Claire,
Those little monsters have no shot
at my garden......anymore ;-)

Here is a link that might be useful: NO MORE RODENTS ;-)

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annpatt

Lloyd, a friend of mine said that he just noticed after 30 years of marriage that the "dopey voice" that his wife uses when she expresses what the dog must be thinking is the same voice she uses when she tells her friends about some dumb thing her husband has said.

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tiffy_z5_6_can(5/6)

Lots of simple and fancy stuff here so I'll add the messy version to compost piles.

I'm having to rebuild after years of having pallets which kept things going in the compost area. Things are starting to fall apart...

Last year I was able to rebuild a section with rebar and 1/2" wire stuff.

Whenever a new pile goes up Raven will keep guard for a few days so the raccoons don't take the 'goodies'.

An overview. The whole section to the right is the one which needs replacing.

New pallets ready to do the new works. We've had over one month's worth of rain in the last 5 days which has put a real halt to leaf picking this season so far. I usually have over 100 bags in this area. :O(

Annpat, You are not getting this one!

I may not have anything fancy or heavy equipment, but the end result is beautiful!!

    Bookmark   November 10, 2010 at 9:08AM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

nutsaboutflowers: That's a groundhog AKA woodchuck, the scourge of many gardens. I throw out peanuts to lure the Blue Jays away from the small bird feeders, and one day that guy showed up. Loved the peanuts. I only saw it for a few days.

tiffy: I love how compost indirectly fosters butterflies! Great shot - will summer ever come back? Rain and rain and rain here too.

Claire

    Bookmark   November 10, 2010 at 12:23PM
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loribee2(CA 9)

I'm envious of all that LAND you all have. Here in my California tract home development I've only got the space for a couple of these:

But as you can tell from my garden photo, I tend to be a neat freak anyway. Proof that even the compulsively orderly can grow veggies:

And by the way, Claire, that's a beautiful garden you have! And Jon, I'm in serious need of a pink rake. While I admit it plays up the color of your eyes nicely, I think it's more my style!

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jonhughes(So.Oregon)

Yeah Right Loribee,
Is that Wheelbarrow sitting on your neighbors property ???
I didn't think so ;-)
Double dig that land and get to planting ;-0

If I give you my rake,how will my wife get to work ???

    Bookmark   November 10, 2010 at 10:05PM
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loribee2(CA 9)

LOL Jon! Okay, so I do have a little more space behind the workshop, but right now that dead grass patch is my spot for cutting wood and mixing concrete.

I would love, love, love to live somewhere property wasn't a premium and I could have a some nice big open piles of compost to contend with. But I just can't move away from my beloved SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS! (Sorry, just HAD to get that plug in there).

As for the rake, I think as an anniversary present your wife deserves to be upgraded from that old model to a nice sleek European Swiffer Sweeper.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2010 at 9:23AM
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dottyinduncan(z8b coastal BC)

Jon, what do you do with such a bountiful harvest? Your wonderful veggies would feed hundreds...

    Bookmark   November 11, 2010 at 11:29AM
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nutsaboutflowers(2b/3a)

Dotty - I'm sure Jon will answer your question but......

Jon is a wonderful soul. As far as I remember, I think he gives much of his veggies to the local food bank. Can you believe all that work and then he gives it away? We need more people like him =:)

    Bookmark   November 11, 2010 at 11:59AM
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jonhughes(So.Oregon)

Hi Dotty,
It's true (not the wonderful soul part ;-), all of my Vegetables are donated to the Local FoodBank, lots and lots of hungry people out there ... a couple of weeks ago I finished my summer harvest (butternuts) and that brought my total pounds of donated food to 5103 lbs that was May to November, if anyone cares how that breaks down here is the dates and poundage stats from the FoodBank

12 LBS oF Early Onions (from Fall Garden) 3-23-2010
25 lbs of Radishes 4-28-2010
125 lbs of Red and Green Lettuce 4-28-2010
29 lbs of Swiss Chard 4-28-2010
8 lbs of Spinach 5-5-2010
14 lbs of White Icicle Radishes 5-12-2010
4 lbs of Spinach 5-12-2010
6 lbs of Red and Green Lettuce 5-12-2010
2 lbs of Mesclun Lettuce 5-12-2010
12 lbs of Rainbow Chard 5-18-2010
42 lbs of Swiss Chard 5-18-2010 Poundage to Date 279.00 lbs
5 lbs of Snap Peas 6-5-2010
11 lbs of Swiss Chard 6-5-2010
3 lbs of Red and Green Lettuce 6-5-2010
14 lbs of Broccoli 6-5-2010
15 lbs of Cabbage 6-5 2010 Poundage to Date 327.00 lbs 16.35 % of 2000 lbs
24 lbs of Broccoli 6-14-2010
13 lbs of Green Cabbage 6-14-2010
6 lbs of Carrots 6-14-2010
5 lbs of Radish and Beet Greens 6-14-2010
25 lb Red Cabbage 6-14-2010 Poundage to Date 400.00 lbs 20 % of 2000 lbs
3 lbs of Radish and Beet Greens 6-15-2010
5 lbs of Carrots 6-15-2010
20 lbs of Broccoli 6-15-2010
12 lbs of Broccoli 6-21-2010
18 lbs of Cabbage 6-21-2010
8 lbs of Carrots 6-21-2010
6 lbs of Sugar Snap Peas 6-21-2010
24 lbs of Radishes,Turnips,Various greens Poundage to Date 496 lbs 24.8 % of 2000 lbs
4 lbs of Broccoli 6-22-2010
15 lbs of Sugar Snap Peas 6-22-2010
12 lbs of Carrots 6-24-2010
9 lbs of Swiss Chard 6-24-2010
29 lbs of Cabbage 6-24-2010
18 lbs of Broccoli 6-24-2010
4 lbs of Sugar Snap Peas 6-24-2010 Poundage to date 587 lbs 29.35 % of 2000 lbs
16 lbs of Broccoli 6-28-2010 Total Poundage to 6-28-2010 603 lbs 30.15 % of 2000 lbs
43 lbs of Sugar Snap Peas 6-29 -30 2010
4 lbs of Broccoli 6-29-2010
3 lbs of Swiss Chard 6-30-2010
8 lbs of Radishes 6-30-2010
9 lbs of Carrots 6-30-2010
6 lbs of Sugar Snap Peas 6-30-2010 Poundage to date 676.00 lbs 33.8 % of 2000 lbs

Totals to 6-30-2010
112 lbs of Broccoli
79 lbs of Sugar Snap Peas
136 lbs of Lettuce
12 lbs of Onions
79 lbs of Radishes
106 lbs of Swiss Chard
12 lbs of Spinach
40 lbs of Carrots
100 lbs of Cabbage

9 lbs of Broccoli 7-1-2010
4 lbs of Garlic 7-1-2010
5 lbs of Lettuce 7-2-2010
4 lbs of Artichokes 7-2-2010
2 lbs of Carrots 7-2-2010
9 lbs of Carrots 7-8-2010
3 lbs of Summer squash 7-8-2010
4 lbs of Broccoli 7-8-2010
43 lbs of Potatoes 7-14-2010
14 lbs of Carrots 7-14-2010
43 lbs of Potatoes 7-14-2010 (2nd load today ;-)
30 lbs of Carrots 7-15-2010
10 lbs of Potatoes 7-15-2010 Poundage to date 856 lbs 42.8 % of 2000 lbs

Totals to 7-15-2010
125 lbs of Broccoli
79 lbs of Sugar Snap Peas
141lbs of Lettuce
12 lbs of Onions
79 lbs of Radishes
106 lbs of Swiss Chard
12 lbs of Spinach
95 lbs of Carrots
100 lbs of Cabbage
96 lbs of Potatoes
3 lbs of Summer Squash
4 lbs of Artichokes
4 lbs of Garlic
9 lbs of Summer Squash 7-19-2010
41 lbs of Red Cabbage 7-19-2010
4 lbs of Onions 7-22-2010
10 lbs of Squash 7-22-2010
8 lbs of Swiss Chard 7-22-2010
12 lbs of Beans 7-22-2010
7 lbs of Tomatoes 7-26-2010
19 lbs of Summer Squash 7-26-2010 Poundage to date 966 lbs 48.3 % of 2000 lbs
1 lb of Tomatoes 7-29-2010
5 lbs on Onions 7-29-2010
6 lbs of Cucumbers 7-29-2010
26 lbs of Summer Squash 7-29-2010
6 lbs of Tomatoes 8-2-2010
31 lbs of Summer Squash 8-2-2010
26 lbs of Cucumbers 8-2-2010
30 lbs of Red Cabbage 8-2-2010
2 lbs of Swiss Chard 8-5-2010
11 lbs of Tomatoes 8-5-2010
36 lbs of Cucumbers 8-5-2010
28 lbs of Summer Squash 8-5-2010 Poundage to date 1174 lbs 58.7% of 2000 lbs
16 lbs of Tomatoes 8-9-2010
24 lbs of Cucumbers 8-9-2010
41 lbs of Summer Squash 8-9-2010
28 lbs of Peppers 8-12-2010
35 lbs of Cucumbers 8-12-2010
12 lbs of Tomatoes 8-12-2010
50 lbs of Squash 8-12-2010
27 lbs of Bartlett Pears 8-12-2010 Poundage to date 1407 lbs 70.35 % of 2000 lbs
23 lbs of Tomatoes 8-16-2010
14 lbs of Peppers 8-16-2010
7 lbs of Pears 8-16-2010
31 lbs of Cucumbers 8-16-2010
54 lbs of squash 8-16-2010 Poundage to date 1536 lbs 76.8% of 2000 lbs
7 lbs of Peppers 8-19-2010
58 lbs of Pumpkins 8-19-2010
37 lbs of Tomatoes 8-19-2010
18 lbs of Cucumbers 8-19-2010
32 lbs of Acorn Squash 8-19-2010
35 lbs of Squash 8-19-2010 Poundage to date 1723 lbs 86.15 % of 2000 lbs
53 lbs ot Tomatoes 8-23-2010
26 lbs of Cucumbers 8-23-2010
23 lbs of Squash 8-23-2010
10 lbs of Acorn Squash 8-23-2010
25 lbs of Pears 8-23-2010 Poundage to date 1859 lbs 92.95% of 2000 lbs
9 lbs of Pears 8-26-2010
46 lbs of Corn 8-26-2010
61 lbs of Squash 8-26-2010
42 lbs of Tomatoes 8-26-2010
24 lbs of Cucumbers 8-26-2010 Poundage to date 2041 lbs WOO HOO ;-)
4 lbs of Swiss Chard 9-1-2010
16 lbs of Acorn Squash 9-1-2010
51 lbs of Tomatoes 9-1-2010
35 lbs of Cucumbers 9-1-2010
83 lbs of Squash 9-1-2010 Poundage to date 2230 lbs

109 lbs of Squash 9-7-2010
13 lbs of Pears 9-7-2010
49 lbs of Tomatoes 9-7-2010
83 lbs of Peppers 9-7-2010
35 lbs of Cucumbers 9-7-2010
78 lbs of Squash 9-10-2010
59 lbs of tomatoes 9-13-2010
30 lbs of Squash 9-13-2010
43 lbs of Cucumbers 9-13-2010 ……………………………………………. Poundage to Date 2729 lbs
16 lbs of Veggies for Compost Material
47 lbs of Cucumbers 9-16-2010
46 lbs of Tomatoes 9-16-2010
12 lbs of Squash 9-16-2010
7 lbs of Peppers 9-16-2010 ……………………………………………………… Poundage to Date 2857 lbs
83 lbs of Squash 9-20-2010
49 lbs of Peppers 9-20-2010
32 lbs of Tomatoes 9-20-2010
8 lbs of Cucumbers 9-20-2010……………………………………………………… Poundage to Date 3029 lbs
19 lbs of Tomatoes 9-27-2010
25 lbs of Cucumbers 9-27-2010
44 lbs of Squash 9-27-2010
162 lbs of Squash 10-5-2010
132 lbs of Cucumbers 10-5-2010
140 lbs of Tomatoes 10-5-2010
7 lbs of Peppers 10-5-2010
17 lbs of Swiss Chard 10-5-2010……………………………………………………… Poundage to Date 3575 lbs

210 lbs of Peppers 10-12-2010
58 lbs of Cucumbers 10-12-2010
78 lbs of Squash 10-12-2010
114 lbs of Tomatoes 10-12-2010………………………………………………………… Poundage to Date 4035 lbs
75 lbs of Tomatoes 10-19-2010
16 lbs of Cucumbers 10-19-2010
181 lbs of Squash 10-19-2010 ………………………………………………………………Poundage to Date 4307 lbs
27 lbs of Squash 10-25-2010
20 lbs of Onions 10-25-2010
34 lbs of Tomatoes 10-25-2010
5 lbs of Swiss Chard 10-25-2010
179 lbs of Butternut 10-25-2010
236 lbs of Butternut 10-26-2010
54 lbs of Peppers 10-26-2010
209 lbs of Butternut 10-27-2010
32 lbs of Peppers 10-27-2010…………………………………………………………Poundage to Date 5103 lbs

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dottyinduncan(z8b coastal BC)

Jon that's a VERY impressing poundage! And, for the food bank to receive such grade A veggies fresh from the garden must be wonderful, especially in a year when so many are needy. Well done friend.

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

That's a terrific thing to do, Jon! Does the Food Bank have storage facilities like refrigerated warehouses so they can keep the produce? Around here many of the smaller food banks/pantries won't take perishables because they can't store them until pickup.

Claire

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jonhughes(So.Oregon)

Yes, But they don't stay long, I take them to the Central FoodBank and they have volunteer drivers who pick-up and distribute daily through-out the valley to Food Kitchens ,Pantries, Gospel Rescue Mission,etc etc...

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Lloyd

You're a good man Jon Hughes and I bow in the general direction of southern Oregon.

Lloyd

    Bookmark   November 11, 2010 at 6:09PM
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joebob

Wow Jon--- Great pics ---pls keep posting ---gives me hope for my own garden-- salivating over the different veggies you grow

And the local food banks have a real treasure in you ---

Keep up the good work - surely there are many stars in your crown -----JB

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kentstar(5b, NE Ohio)

My modestly small piles of shredded leaves ready to go next to my shed.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2010 at 10:04AM
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ladon

Well, I live in LA, so we don't have a whole lot of yard here with the autumn leaves and all. But, I do pretty well with what we got....and I've got a good helper too.
Don

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jolj(7b/8a)

Looks Good, good job everyone.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2010 at 12:16PM
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jolj(7b/8a)

Coffee waste, free, to compost & sheet compost.

    Bookmark   December 24, 2010 at 3:45AM
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jolj(7b/8a)

Top photo: each pile of bags has 8 super sacks, my brother has a rake, I am cutting open another bag.
Bottom photo: I am raking out ground & whole bean roasted coffee, also a little green beans. Anything that hits the floor is throned out. The rich black stuff is wet chaff that is about 3 weeks old & going though a heat. You may not see the steam on the bottom photo, but look at the steam behind my brother in the top photo. Both photo are of the same pile.
My son take the photos.

    Bookmark   December 24, 2010 at 3:59AM
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