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Well it’s taken me long enough to get this far on the garden (I’ve been talking about it for what, weeks now?), but during the last week a lot has been accomplished back there.  We managed to get all the weeds out of the bed and our compost as well as some organic soil that I’d purchased mixed in with our soil.  Living in Florida, we pretty much have sand so we need to enrich the soil as much as we can.   I think we’re going to need to get a few more cans (we have been using a plastic garbage can for our compost) since the original garden area has expanded from what we started with last year.

Compost

Mixing compost, added garden soil and existing garden soil

Existing soil, added soil and compost after mixing

New to composting?  Here are some basics on what to include and not to include in your compost bin, from an article on ninemsn.com:

What to put in a compost bin

  • Fruit and vegetable peelings and leaves
  • tea leaves/ tea bags and coffee grounds
  • fallen leaves
  • grass clippings
  • soft prunings
  • weeds (use only young weeds; those with seed, or about to set seed, are better disposed of in the garbage bin)
  • cow and horse manures
  • ash (from open fireplaces)
  • vacuum cleaner contents (synthetic carpet will not break down)


What not to put in a compost bin
It is important that the heap is not treated simply as a dump.

  • Meat, fish, chicken, dairy products & cooking oils – these may attract vermin such as mice and other pests.
  • Non-living things such as plastics, bottle tops, food wrappers, metals etc
  • Diseased plants
  • Fruit fly infested fruit

Pet droppings: these may contain diseases that can affect humans and other pets. Although these can be treated with the Pet Poo Converter to make them safe for use in compost.

Here is the article in its entirety:

http://ourhouse.ninemsn.com.au/ourhouse/factsheets/db/tips/02/210.asp

Another great source for information on composting is howtocompost.org.

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Well between last week and this past weekend we managed to get the front of the property weeded and most of the back.  I started on the garden area today.  It’s not too awfully bad back there, and the compost bin is pretty well full.  I purchased some more plants the other day and they really need to get put somewhere permanent.  I am hoping to get that done today, too.  I guess we’ll see.  😉

Came inside for a glass of white iced tea and some leftover lamb and stuffing, now it’s back out into the hot sun.  New addition Bunny wondered why the garden is a dog-free zone and put on her best cute face to try and gain entry:

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The answer?  Nothing.

Yet.

We tore everything out from last season some months ago.   The ground needs to be weeded and tilled and I need to get off my butt and figure out what I’m planting out there.   I have some things I intend to start from seed and others I think I will buy some plants that have already sprouted up a bit.

Last year’s garden was my first experience having a back yard garden since I was a kid.  Thank goodness I have some green-thumbed friends who never tire of me picking their brains!  We did get some lovely tomatoes and beans last go ’round.  Some things came up nicely, others didn’t.  I was rather disappointed that my yellow squash never got past the baby stage.  It ended up with a nasty fungus.  Poor squashies.  😦

My cucumbers never did develop, either, save one that looked so much like a watermelon I thought that’s what it was until I sliced it open.  The watermelon and canteloupes didn’t do anything, but I had beautiful okra and pole beans.  The tomatoes were plentiful and delicious!

The following are a few photos from last season:

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Welcome to my blog! You’ll find a little bit of everything here, but I figured I would start with an explanation of the name I chose for the blog. There will be a good deal of talk about green things, i.e. gardening, eco-friendly tips, organics (that’s where the “peas” comes in) and our family’s continuing efforts on becoming as self-sustaining as possible.

My husband and I met during a production of the play Camelot and it has been a recurring theme throughout our relationship. I am the Queen of this manor, there are little Princes and Princesses, and while I would love to say my husband plays the role of dear King Arthur or the brave Sir Lancelot, he played the role of King Arthur’s bastard son Mordred (until he was unceremoniously tossed from the cast for mooning the director :-/) and I think I am right in assuming that he would describe himself as such. I would say he is more Mr. Corporate Turned More Laid Back Mr. Corporate With Way Cooler Hair.

Love of course is what everyone strives to have in their life, and our home is no exception. Love of life, family, adventure and nature. Oh, and dogs. I love them, too, even though most days I claim to want to kill them.

Peas, love and Camelot. Everybody needs a little. I’m just sayin’. 😉

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