Finally, this year we are able to use the soil from our compost bin.
Last year we used just a little of it because it wasn’t ready and we didn’t grow much of our food. This year it looks like we are going to have plenty of different kinds of tomatoes, yellow squash, and herbs. Growing herbs is always my job. The rest of it I leave to my husband including taking care of worms and the compost bin.
Over the past few years he experimented with different compost bins a lot and we actually didn’t have anything from it for a long time. The hard part is to have a compost bin in an apartment. Luckily we have a small outdoor patio where he keeps those creatures (worms).
Since we moved here his worms are in one place and in the same bin what, I think, had a big influence on how good they are doing.
This is how our soil looks like. You can see a few pieces of egg shell and paper:
We started out seeds about two weeks ago in a toilet paper rolls. So far they are doing great.
This is my basil and cilantro… but cilantro is not growing. I need to start another batch and more kinds of herbs, as well. Dreaming about dill, parsley and oregano in my herb collection this year.
It’s still a little bit too cold at night so we keep our growing greens at the house at night but my husband transferred a few of them to bigger containers. We’ve got plenty of sunflowers growing from that soil because last year the compost bin was standing under a bird feeder and many of those seeds ended up inside.
Meet my husband’s cute and friendly looking friends:
and his bigger version:
So, hopefully this year we are going to have many jars of homemade pasta sauce and salsa made from tomatoes grown on our own organic soil. Looking for good recipes already 🙂
- Green Resolutions: Doing More with Less Waste (1800recycling.com)
- Zero Waste (theforagingsquirrel.wordpress.com)
- What can worms do for you? (campjack.wordpress.com)
- 5 months in a compost bin = soil! (gicrockpot.wordpress.com)
- Worm composting (mnn.com)