Whew... What a busy day it's been. I am lucky enough to have Mondays off, and while it stinks to not see my man it's great for getting things done.
Made a batch of muffins and a loaf of bread. I also have enough dough in the fridge for another loaf towards the end of the week, ultimate lazy dinner.
|Fresh bread, there is nothing quite like it.|
I also did some work out in the "garden" aka my patio with a few pots. In December (3 months ago) I started a compost bin. Now most tutorials on small scale composting recommend taking some sort of container drilling a lot of holes in it and adding in your compost. Unfortunately I can't do that. I live in an apartment with only a balcony to garden on. My neighbors would not be happy if I had a giant stinky compost bin smelling up the place. Not to mention any juices that flow free would end up on the concrete balcony and would never come out.
I decided to try my hand at composting anyway. I took one of the old plastic containers we had lying around. I think it was for cat food originally. It has a very tight lid, which was important to me. I have been slowly adding kitchen scraps, and shredded newspaper I get in the mail. When I remember (which has only been twice) I mixed it up. Most sites say that it takes about 6 weeks for your goods to compost. I would say I am pretty close but not quite there. I think mine is composting slower then normal due to the lack of oxygen circulating, and the fact that it's been really cold this winter. Today I dug pretty deep and mixed everything up really well.
A few lessons I have learned.
1. Smaller is better: About half way though this project my man suggested that I use the paper shredder for the newspaper. Prior to that I had been hand shredding the newspaper. The little shredded pieces where nicely decomposing and the ones I hand shredded where all stuck together in a gooey mess. Same goes for the kitchen scraps. The smaller ones looked great, but the bigger chunks had gotten no where.
2. Oxygen is your friend: If I had compensated for the lack of holes by mixing it up more I feel I would be a lot farther along.
3. Yep it's stinky: I am so glad I decided to forgo the holes. Messing with it today was smelly!
4. Warmer is better: Okay so I haven't learned this one yet but I am hopping that with the warmer weather things well compost much faster. I will update as soon as I know if this one is true/
5. Anyone can have a rich garden no mater where you live. I live downtown in an apartment and look at the things I can do. Go out and Garden!
A few random shots on other things I worked out
|Starting the seeds for the 3rd year in my jiffy greenhouse planter. It's almost time to say good by to it.|