compost

Terra Composter: First Look

– Posted in: Tools and Equipment

Recently I was sent the Terra Composter, a composting container made by Algreen, a Canadian company. I was particularly interested in checking out their claim that the composter is "designed to withstand a Canadian winter without cracking," because they guarantee it for twenty years. I took a lot of pictures with my daughter's camera as [...]

The Urban Compost Tumber

– Posted in: Tools and Equipment

Readers of this blog know I tend to get absorbed in the details of garden projects. But somehow the making of compost has been immune to such obsessions. To my mind, compost just happens. I don't really give it much thought. It might occur to me in the spring that the piles should really be [...]

Teaming with Microbes: Take 2

– Posted in: Book reviews

Oh, dear--I'm afraid I didn't do a very good job reviewing this book, because people are getting the wrong impression. I was in the midst of writing a very long comment to rectify the situation, and decided it would make a better post instead. First of all Mary Ann Newcomer commented: Good grief! I am [...]

Planting prima donna peonies

– Posted in: How-to, Peonies, Plant info

The peonies from Reath's came on Monday the 7th, but because of various commitments I couldn't plant them until Thursday. They came wrapped in plastic with wood shavings to keep them damp, and then the whole shebang was packed in straw or hay--the first time I ever saw that used as a shipping material. I [...]