Here at a Garden for the House, Monday’s high of 56 degrees (accompanied by two inches of rain and 40 mph winds) melted — in a matter of hours — every trace of snow. I’m taking advantage of this winter-reprieve by topping-off the raised, timber-framed beds in my Kitchen Garden. You see, over the last year the soil in them has become so settled that the beds are now only half-full. Let me show you the symphony of carbon and nitrogen I use for refilling the beds:
I keep a pile of shredded leaves next the Kitchen Garden, and use this nutrient-rich product to replenish my beds each year. To hasten decomposition, the leaves are sprinkled with one cup of dried blood meal. Blood meal contains about 12% nitrogen, which, when combined with carbon (leaves), produces the heat that turns organic matter into compost.
Of course, my every minute spent hauling leaves to the Kitchen Garden now will be thoroughly repaid in spring and summer. For both vegetables and flowers flourish in this composted component we should properly call “leaf mold.”
Now I’m off to the leaf pile, where both pitch folk and wheelbarrow await. Two boxes were filled yesterday…and I have ten more to go!
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