Kelly, The simpleton, Carolyn, and the sassy butterfly - welcome, and thanks for following my blog!
With several weeks of much needed rest under my belt now, my health has improved to at least 90-95% again. Whew....although i'll have to take it easy, work outside is possible once again. It still hurts to bend down (knees), but i'll manage somehow.
The compost bins received more attention over the weekend, by adding more leaves and UCG's to all 5 bins currently working. At least 90 bags of leaves and 150 lbs. of UCG's have already been added, and more will need to be acquired for later, if possible. Yeah...it takes alot! Here's a few photos....
Photo below - 19 more bags of curbside leaves (the others have been used already)
Photo below - bin #1 filled with leaves, grass clippings, holly trimmings, drink boxes, and of course UCG's sprinkled liberally on top. After watering well, this is topped off with a thick layer of leaves.
Photo below - 3 of the 6 bins filled to the top. After settling for 2-3 weeks, another bag of leaves and "green" materials are added. These piles will get turned in a month or two, and should completely decompose by the end of summer. As stated before, this composting cycle will be a relaxing one - but i'll still get out there and tinker with things from time to time.
In other news, preliminary work has begun on the wheelchair ramp for my parents, and it's gonna be a pretty big job. I'll incorporate the existing stoop into the design, and if anyone would like me to do a "how to" post on it, just let me know in a comment. The finished project will allow my Dad to freely access most of the property without fear of falling down (this happens alot), and hopefully spend more time outside.
I'll also begin to remove several inches of native soil from the very large flowerbed that was constructed last summer, so that compost can be added and some type of ornamentals planted in it sometime around the first of April. This will be done at a very slow rate, because the demands of removing it all at once is very labor-intensive.
Take care, and happy composting