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Noted: DIY: Backyard Composter from a Garbage Can + What Can Be Tossed from Inhabitat

DIY: Backyard Composter from a Garbage Can + What Can Be Tossed Many cities around the world now have composting programs so household food scraps and garden clippings can be mulched rather than ending up in landfills. This is a great practice, but there are also a lot of places that don’t have a program […]

Video: In the garden…Compost Harvest – December 16, 2012

“In the garden…” is a series for A Gardener’s Notebook highlighting what is happening in my garden, my friend’s gardens and California gardens throughout the seasons. Can’t see the video above? Watch “In the garden…Compost Harvest – December 16, 2012” on YouTube   Watch all the past “In the garden…” videos in this YouTube playlist. Please Like this video and/or […]

In the garden…Leaves begone!

We jumped right into work this afternoon, so I didn’t get a chance to shoot any video. It was far more important to get the job done. A combination of time available and energy level led us to tackle a big, twice-a-year job — cleaning all of the leaves off the roof of the house. […]

2012 Gift Guide: Bosmere K676 11 Cubic Foot Composter

I have had 2 of these bins for the past 8-9 seasons and they are going strong. I was lucky enough to get mine at a discount via our local recycling and composting program, but I see them listed here on Amazon.com and you might be able to find them locally, too. Assembly was easy […]

Elsewhere: Full Circle Kitchen Composter: Review and Giveaway!

My fellow Saturday6 member, Kylee Baumlee, is giving away one of these cool compost buckets. This could be the one that finally meets all my criteria. I have been making-do with this container or another, but this system seems like it might make my composting life just a bit easier. Leave a comment on Our […]

Cucumber trellis and plant volunteers

After discovering that one of the plants on the container was a cucumber, I put out a small trellis for it to climb today. (See Container Vegetable Garden Update 001) We have pieces of this trellis all over the garden from the previous owners (16 years ago!?!?) so we always have a bit to use […]

Elsewhere: Worms Eat My Garbage …

My fellow Saturday6 blogger, Kylee Baumle over at Our Little Acre has a great story on getting started with her own worm composter. It sounds like it was quite an adventure, but one that is destined to return great rewards. I haven’t really investigated vermicomposting much as I have so much of all types of […]

Video: Garden Tip – Put the goodness back in your garden

Keep your garden waste out of your city garden bin and put it to use for you. There is little need to buy bag after bag of compost, top dressing, and mulch each year when many of us have plenty of material to use right in our own gardens. Don’t see the video above? Watch […]

Mulch for the garden paths…and a little unexpected excitement

We noticed a tree service truck in the neighborhood that had a load of wood chips that was mainly that, wood, rather that the typical load that contains more leaves than wood. We had been thinking of a project for a long time and this finally set it into motion. After visiting Descanso Gardens years […]

Compost harvest with photos

We took some time today to harvest some compost for a couple of purposes. One is to augment a, hoped for, vegetable bed that needs some improvement. The other project is to create some homemade potting soil for starting some seeds for said vegetable plot. I’ll have more to say about the potting soil in […]