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Project by justjoel posted 12-31-2012 09:03 AM 1661 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the past couple of years now, at the end of the season, I have dug about a 3 ft diameter by 12+ inch deep pit somewhere in the veggie garden (usually a different spot each year), and put my last mowing of leaves & lawn in it, adding the usual suspects over the winter. This year, since I expanded my space, I put in two pits early in November.

Yesterday I dumped 4, two-gallon pots (from my failed peppers) on each pile and stirred them for only the second time since filling them (adding dirt and worms).

To day I put about 3-4 gallons of used coffee grounds (from two different Starbucks) on each pile and mixed those in as well. I’ll leave them alone for at least a month before I’ll turn them again.

In the spring I’ll just spread the amendment around the garden, and then fill the holes back in.

I know this isn’t a new concept, cold season composting, but thought I’d share my success.

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell



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MsDebbieP

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posted 12-31-2012 10:05 AM

that’s wonderful.
Having the dug hole is almost like doing a “double digging” spot in the garden. I nice way to enrich your garden.

If I wasn’t so lazy .. hmm…

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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justjoel

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posted 12-31-2012 05:21 PM

Yeah, calling you lazy is like calling a bee lazy.

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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MsDebbieP

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posted 12-31-2012 07:24 PM

trust me – I’m lazy. Don’t let the blogs/projects fool you.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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justjoel

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posted 12-31-2012 08:19 PM

Too late!

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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posted 12-31-2012 11:55 PM

lol fool. hehehe

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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daltxguy

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posted 01-11-2013 05:10 AM

I thought winter composting would be impossible, but actually I just went out with a shovel and dug into my pile of leaves to bury the usual suspects.

I was surprised that, despite the below freezing temperatures that we’ve had here for about the last month, the compost pile is relatively easy to get into, only the top is crusted over. The leaves, while they hold moisture, are quite loosely packed so it hasn’t frozen solid.

I will continue to monitor over the winter – the worst is yet to come (I think).

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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MsDebbieP

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posted 01-11-2013 09:25 AM

Yes, winter is around the corner, I’m sure.

Leaves make a good insulator apparently. Friends of mine used to put a 12” carpet of leaves over their carrots and they dug carrots all winter long.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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