|Â August 2011
|Dear Reader,Â Â
This summer my rental garden has not been great.Â Some tomatoes got blossom end rotÂ from poor watering; killer compost got some others (see article below).Â I wish I was back in my mountain garden!On that note, our new house is coming along.Â We are rebuilding using the most energy
efficient system we could find: SCIPS = Structural Concrete Insulating Panels.Â The whole house is first erected out of mesh covered foam and then is sprayed with concrete inside and out.Â We are the 5th such building in Colorado – so it is something of a prototype.Â The finished house has high thermal mass and is fire and hurricane proof!
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|August/September Garden Tasks
Â (August 15th – September 15th)
The key phrase for this season is Preparation for Fall.Â Start to think about your fall plantings and how you need to prepare the soil.
With a little planning and some early preparation, you will be harvesting vegetables through Thanksgiving and beyond.Â Enjoy.
|Killer CompostAll soil needs humus.Â Your own organic compost, or Alaska Humisoil are naturally the best way to get humus into the soil.Â But what what about other composts?
This spring, I needed compost for this rental garden.Â I got aÂ yard of rather rough horse manure compost from a reliable source .Â It worked well to lighten the soil – but I needed more.Â I heard that our local disposal company was offering cheap compost made from the organic waste they collect curb-side.Â I got a small truck load.
The first thing I noticed, it was very black and hydrophobic – it actively shed water and resisted wetting.Â Once it did take up moisture, it formed a black sticky pudding.Â Still, I mixed it with sand and added it to the soil and used it to augment my potting soil.Â At first the plants seemed to do OK.Â Then I noticed the lettuce were not growing and the tomatoes had a strange curling leaf.Â Bountea helped but did not cure the problem.
If municipal compost is often polluted, what about the bagged stuff?Â Bagged manures, compost and potting soils are sterilized – killing weed seeds and microbial life.Â Sterilization does not affect herbicides.Â With the ever-increasing use of toxic chemicals, you cannot be certain the products you buy to nurture plants are not contaminated without testing.
The safest option is to make your own compost from your own chemical free waste.Â Stick with tried and true high quality organic products such as Bountea.Â Test bought in compost on a small portion of the garden.Â Then you can keep your plants safe from killer compost!
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