I really am starting to have hopes for the garden after two years of a lot of struggling with the pest problems. It has been about a month now, maybe a little less and knock on wood, both of the trial bed covers are working. We have a nice group of tomatoes, also lettuce, carrots, pumpkins, beets and a few herbs coming along nicely. Don't forget to come up the next 2 Saturdays, 8 a.m. and following to help Troop 110 install 5 more covers in 2 designs.
Also, the garden is starting to feel like home. The city donated a nice umbrella, I brought up a couple of my old garden chairs, and today I bought an outdoor carpet and a couple of pillows. It makes such a huge difference to be able to sit down in the shade and rest while you're working up there. If anyone has some outdoor furniture they could donate please let me know. We need it.
The help that Armstrong Garden Center and Whole Foods Market has given me has been so motivational. It makes all the difference in the world to have a fence with a gate: we are able to leave things in the area with security. We may be able to start teaching some classes in the fall through Parks and Recreation, with professional teachers. Stay tuned!
HOW TO HARVEST WORM COMPOST
KEEP YOUR WORMS SHADED AT ALL TIMES
THEY HATE THE SUN
WHEN YOU HAVE RIPE COMPOST, PUT THE LOWEST SEIVE IN YOUR UNIT ON TOP, AND LEAVE IT UNCOVERED. THE WORMS WILL MOVE DOWN AS THEY DON'T LIKE THE LIGHT. USE GLOVES AND START SCRAPING THE COMPOST INTO A BUCKET. AS YOU DO THIS, THE WORMS WILL KEEP MOVING DOWN UNTIL THEY HAVE LEFT THE TOP SEIVE ENTIRELY!
SINCE GARDENERS ARE LAZY, I MANAGED TO DISTRIBUTE THE COMPOST INTO THE COVERED BEDS BY SQUASHING IT THROUGH THE HARDWARE MESH. THIS SERVED TWO PURPOSES: I DIDN'T HAVE TO TAKE OFF THE COVERS, AND IT WORKS GREAT TO BREAK UP AND SEIVE THE COMPOST! THEN I WATERED NICELY TO CLEAN OFF THE COVERS AND ALSO INCORPORATE THE COMPOST. YUM.
ALWAYS KEEP A BUCKET UNDER THE WORM FARM SPIGOT TO COLLECT YOUR NICE "WORM JUICE" WHICH CAN ALSO BE USED AS A FERTILIZER.
IN THE NEXT PHOTO YOU CAN SEE HOW COMFY OUR AREA IS BECOMING. WITH LOVE, GGLH