Archives for September 2012

Sheet Composting – Coffee Sacks for the Final Layer ~ Part 6

The Interbay Mulch method was developed by a coordinator at the Interbay P-Patch, "The Garden Between the Bays" in Seattle, Washington. The Interbay P-Patch is one of Seattle's largest community gardens and is recognized as a shining example of resourcefulness and sustainability. The soil enriching method has been compared to sheet composting (or … [Read more...]

Large Hypertufa or Concrete Leaf – Reinforcement Options?

What Can Be Used to Add Inner Reinforcement to Large Hypertufa and Concrete Leaf Castings? I received an email from Jill M. asking me: Hi Claudia, I get your emails about gardening, concrete projects and many other things. I have a time sensitive question that I am hoping you can address either personally or in one of your mass mailings. There … [Read more...]

Sheet Composting – Layering the Compost Pile ~ Part 5

"Cold composting is the easiest way to make compost if you can't or don't want to tend to it. Just build up a pile that has as many layers of greens and browns as you've got on hand; then leave it alone to decompose, letting Mother Nature and the microorganisms do the work. If you're very fortunate, your pile might be finished within 4-6 months; … [Read more...]

Keyhole Gardening Technique

Keyhole Gardening - An Interesting Concept I received an email from Artistic Garden friend and reader Liz F. the other day asking me if I'd heard of "keyhole gardening." She had seen my article about sheet composting, and thought I might not be aware of this technique. I admit it - I've never heard of it before! I don't know who may have … [Read more...]

Sheet Composting – Gettin’ My Hands on Green Matter ~ Part 4

Greens are nitrogen rich materials that are an essential ingredient for a compost pile or bed. Greens help the friendly composting microbes to grow, breed, and multiply fast in the pile, thus creating the hot internal temperature necessary to "cook" a compost pile. Greens are materials such as vegetable and fruit wastes, eggshells, coffee … [Read more...]

Sheet Composting – Gettin' My Hands on Brown Matter ~ Part 3

Browns are carbon rich materials. Dry or woody vegetation and matter such as dried leaves, sticks, straw, and even newspaper and cardboard are great brown matter to use for composting. Part 3 So, in Part 2 I told you how I scored big-time and got a lot of free cow manure that helped me solve the issue of having enough green matter on hand for my … [Read more...]