January 17th, 2012
Composting in Winter
Posted by F&S
On our last blog posting, we showed you all of the spring-flowering bulbs that have been sprouting with the warm temperatures we’ve been having. As predicted, the temperatures have plummeted and it’s now really quite frigid outside. Good think Ryan, Wilmer, and the rest of the crew have been busy spreading composted mulch over all of the perennial beds.
1 Sharkey! Did we have another awful storm when I wasn't looking? Why are there so many branches on the ground?
2 Francesca, a storm would leave tree branches in such neat piles!
3 These branches are from December's Christmas trees! Instead of putting them in the trash, Martha has them cut and placed on top of garden beds as a type of winter insulation. Nothing is wasted around here!
4 Plus, Ryan and Wilmer have been spreading mulch on top of all the garden beds. A thick layer of this fluffy organic compost will protect all of those confused spring bulbs that have been sprouting.
5 In natural forests, fallen autumn leaves create a protective layer on the forest floor for all the wild plants. But, we make our own organic composted mulch, which works great here at the farm.
6 Composting is a fascinating subject! I can smell each and every thing that went into this batch! Francesca, let's go take a look at the gigantic compost piles!
7 Sharkey, we certainly have enough composted mulch to keep us in business for quite some time! I feel like I'm mountain climbing!
8 These piles are a combination of ground up grass clippings, wood, and animal manure from the horses and donkeys. Manure is especially good as fertilizer because it adds much needed nutrients, like nitrogen to the soil.
9 Ryan, you and Wilmer are doing an excellent job top dressing all of the gardens! Everything looks great!
10 But I'm glad you're not too busy to stop and give me a nice scratch!
11 A thick blanket of composted mulch makes the perennial beds look nice and neat and it's comforting to know that it really is a blanket to protect and nourish the plants beneath it.
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