Chris' Garden Tour and Composting

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This video shows a quick tour of Chris' early spring garden. After the tour, Chris talks about her compost pile and how to compost.

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Chris' compost pile is a simple setup. I simply put up stakes around and then used wire fencing. I left it open in the front for easy access. I used zip ties to hold the fencing to the stakes.

In this type of compost pile, it usually takes a year to produce compost. There are many types of composters you can purchase which will make compost faster. I tend to dig up my compost in the spring and add it to my garden beds.

Things to add to your compost pile:
* Non-Woody Yard Waste
* Grass Clippings (only if your grass has not been treated with chemicals, etc)
* Leaves
* Pulled Weeds
* Garden waste
* Kitchen vegetable or fruit scraps/waste
* Coffee Grounds
* tea leaves
* Bunny Waste

Things to keep out of your compost pile:
* meat scraps or other non-fruit or veggie scraps
* Treated grass clippings
* woody (tree or bush) waste

Carolina Wrens Building Nest

This is a photo I took in my garden. In my herb garden I have a birdhouse and these Carolina Wrens were starting to build a nest in there. They also seemed to be checking out several other bird houses in our yard, so I don't know if they'll end up in this one or one of the others. I hope they finish their nest!

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All New Square Foot Gardening II

Square Foot Gardening is the most practical, foolproof way to grow a home garden, whether you're growing an urban garden, or have an entire backyard. by Mel Bartholomew - Paperback - Published 2013


Landscaping with Fruit

Strawberry ground covers, blueberry hedges, grape arbors, and 39 other luscious fruits to make your yard an edible paradise. by Lee Reich - Hardcover Affiliate Link to Amazon


Landscaping with Fruits and Vegetables

n illustrated guide to landscaping with vegetables and fruits in a limited space. by Fred Hagy - Hardcover - Published 2011 Affiliate Link to Amazon


The Beautiful Edible Garden

The Beautiful Edible Garden shares how to not only grow organic fruits and vegetables, but also make your garden a place of year-round beauty that is appealing, enjoyable, and fits your personal style. by Leslie Bennett - Paperback - Published 2013 Affiliate Link to Amazon


The Edible Garden

A complete guide to growing food covers everything from fruits and vegetables to edible flowers and includes practical advice applicable to both large and small gardens, with more than three hundred photographs. by Sunset Books - Paperback - Published 2004 Affiliate Link to Amazon


The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener

How to Grow Your Own Food 365 Days a Year, No Matter Where You Live. by Niki Jabbour - Paperback - Published 2011 Affiliate Link to Amazon

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