Vegetable Gardening 2008 Page Three

Plant carrots in January, and you'll never have to eat carrots.  ~Author Unknown

Preparations For Winter 2008; Not All Fun!

Did You Know? - Compost also known as brown manure, is the aerobically decomposed remnants of organic matter. It is used in landscaping, horticulture and agriculture as a soil conditioner and fertilizer. It is also useful for erosion control, land and stream reclamation, wetland construction, and as landfill cover (see compost uses).

Compost serves as a growing medium,or a porous, absorbent material that holds moisture and soluble minerals, providing the support and nutrients in which most plants will flourish. To maximize plant growth, it is sometimes necessary to dilute compost with soil or peat to reduce salinity or to add neutralizers to bring the pH closer to 7, or additional nutrients like fertilizers or manure, wetting agents, and materials to improve drainage and aeration, such as sand, grit, bark chips, vermiculite, perlite, or clay granules.

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Before and after

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Digging out the compost and spreading it onto the ground

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Nitrogen goes flying all over

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Its heavy and dirty... Boy stuff

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Tossing it as far as I can

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The good stuff is at the bottom

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Afterwards it looks pretty good!

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The last of summer

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Plop.... After three months decomposing

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Oh oh! The pumpkin is going wild!

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The last of the gardens to be dug under

Humor in the garden
He He He... Thanks to Irene Rose

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