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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Lets talk compost

My whole life has been spent waiting for an epiphany, a manifestation of God's presence, the kind of transcendent, magical experience that let's you see your place in the big picture. And that is what I had with my first compost heap.
-Bette Midler

        Friday was one hot and dirty day when it came to compost. The morning meeting went well during the cooler hours but as the day heated the jobs seemed to heat up with them. First we had to discuss the issue of the missing water melon, an issue that still haunts many of us. Next came mulch. We finally got a chance to get some mulch in but some has to be re-spread to allow for a dream of a forest of pineapples. 

       When Erin and I arrived in the afternoon we were faced with a sweltering afternoon but moved on undeterred and started turning over beds to replace what had become sand heaps with fresh and nutrient rich soil we could be proud to plant it. 

Erin took up this task quickly despite the immense heat and i moved to the compost pile. 

The compost was i need of much love with only one pile producing the heat required to break down our weeds into serious soil. Without this soil some of the gardens plants will have very sandy homes. The piles were all turned over fully and moved around and we are hoping that when we arrive monday morning we will be confronted by simmering compost and rich smells of soil. 

Last but not least we started getting some beds ready for planting. The sun was beating fiercly  but with a steady supply of water and moist ground we hopefully were able to resurrect a disturbed and sandy bed. We will see on monday if our efforts payed off and even if they didn't everyone will be well rested with beds ready for planting. We are also all getting very excited for the following week when we will get to start working with the smiling faces of the Lakewood elementary children!

I hope everyone has a great and restful weekend!


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