Tuesday, March 2, 2010
A week after adding dry molasses
dixiedazzle laster - welcome, and thanks for following my blog!
A week after adding 50 lbs. of dry molasses to the cold compost piles, I decided to check the core temperature before turning them. Since it was at 141 degrees, no turning was necessary. Instead, they'll be left for another week to do their thing, and should cool back down in a few days. I'm hoping they won't drop below 110 before next weekend, because i'd rather not turn them in the dark. At that time, a large bag of cheap dry dog food or alfalfa pellets will be added - which should really heat things up again. A hot pile is one that should be left alone, and the compost thermometer really comes in handy for letting you know the status of it. With a probe at 20" long, it can easily penetrate the core of a pile.
Photo below - I wanted to show you an improvement that's been made to the area where my paste tomatoes are grown. This is of course a level spot that I created on the edge of a severe slope, then backfilled with dirt to make my largest swc's sit straight. The improvements are that the spot has been increased by 1/3, and also some leftover roofing shingles laid down to keep the bottoms of the containers from getting muddy each time it rains. This will allow me to grow at least 8 large tomato plants in the area, where previously there was only room for 4.
In other news, I built 5 swc's from 18 gal. rubbermaid totes over the weekend, which will be sold to friends. At least 6 more will be constructed over the next month or so, and will be for the same purpose. EG likes building swc's....hehe.
Take care, and happy gardening!