After I moved to my present house I had home windows alongside the south wall excellent for a winter backyard, however no patio or yard through which to place my compost. The answer? A compost column constructed from two recycled two-liter plastic bottles, an concept from the College of Wisconsin’s Bottle Biology Assets Community.
Look fastidiously on the drawing. The 2 bottles are minimize in a different way. The primary bottle has the underside pried off and the highest minimize off. The bigger portion of this bottle turns into the highest chamber of the column,
The second bottle has solely the underside minimize off. The underside then turns into the bottom of the column and is a dish into which extra water can drip, holding your kitchen counter or window dry as you fill the column with compost. The highest of the primary bottle can be utilized because the lid, or you need to use both of the bottoms. You possibly can recycle the components of the bottle that you simply don’t use.
I put the column alongside the east facet of my kitchen window, the place it’s useful for me to throw in scraps from my greens and fruits that are cleaned within the sink instantly under. I additionally throw in an occasional eggshell. I may also sprinkle water into the highest, and the solar gives some further warmth to maintain the compost working.
I’m not allowed a cat or a canine within the house, and I’d not use their droppings on this compost pit if I did. I do throw in just a little manure bought on the native backyard retailer, nonetheless.
The outcomes: Final 12 months my tomatoes grew and produced all through the winter. With the good thing about just a little further fluorescent gentle, they grew throughout my sink. This 12 months I reserved the kitchen window and the florescent lights for my miniature roses. I moved my tomatoes to a desk within the residing space the place they’ve extra room. The consequence has been nice till this final week when one of many tomatoes started to develop just a little spindly. I’ve harvested about eight tomatoes, have eight tomatoes presently on my three crops, and there are various blooms, suggesting I’ll proceed to have a superb crop for some months.
The tomatoes take plenty of water on this heated house, however my house compost reduces the quantity I’ve to offer every plant. I additionally am certain to water my crops twice, with a niche of about twenty minutes between every watering, so the crops drink as a lot of the water as doable. Little water is wasted, and I’m reminded every time I water, of the advantages of getting a superb house compost column.
by Max Dalrymple
by Phil Heiple
Vichyssoise (potato-leek soup)
- 1 Potato
- 3 Leeks
- 1 onion
- 1 to 2 cups cream
Chop up and prepare dinner potato, garlic, onion, and leeks in butter in saucepan. Put cream in blender and add 2/3 cooked greens. Mix til clean.
Return to saucepan and warmth. Good served scorching or chilled.
Garnish with bitter cream and chopped herbs. Drop useless straightforward.
Phil Heiple has been gardening for the reason that mid-seventies.
Recipes for all of the stuff he grows: www.rain.org/~philfear/backyard.htm