Garden report and more on the Earth Machine

Earth Machine

So (by request) here’s a shot of my Earth Machine compost bin.  As you can see, it is fairly large for an apartment dweller, but it fits quite nicely right next to my flower bed garden.  The ideal would be to have it closer to the door to my apartment (making it easy to dump compostable material), but this is good enough.  I’ve been turning the compost with a hoe, which has been sufficient, but I want to get a compost aerator.  Earth Machine sells one, but my particular municipality does not carry it.  I do find that I regularly need to add water to keep the pile sufficiently moist.

 Earth Machine

The garden is coming along quite nicely.  Our radishes are about ready to harvest and we’ve been enjoying an abundance of fresh lettuce, spinach, and arugula for our salads.

 Garden mid-June

The heat of the last few days has done great things for my tomatoes and peppers which are taking off (finally!).  Our beets and swiss chard are progressing nicely and I expect that we’ll be seeing some beans in the next week or so.  I was a bit late starting my basil and a few other plants, but I hope to get them in the ground soon.

 Garden mid-June

All the weeds in the pictures are gone now, but by the time they were gone, so was the sunlight.  So you get the pictures with the weeds.  I also planted my squash plant and replaced two peppers, two eggplants, and one tomatoes with plants that I had kept in containers.  The old ones were struggling and so my backups came in handy.  By the end of this week I should have my cucumbers, cantaloupe, parsley, dill, and basil in the ground.

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