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I do love to garden! Here is a flash back to a few of the flowers, plants, trees, and veggies that were growing in my gardens in early Spring 2015.  And yes, Husky-mix Sid does "help" me garden by digging up veggies, flowers, and small trees that are seemingly not planted according to his high standards.   I had to replant a few things, and screen off some new plantings including strawberry plants, as Sid loves fresh strawberries.  But just my organically grown garden strawberries, Sid won't touch a store-boughten strawberry.

About composting ... I've learned enough about composting so that my batches generally turn out spectacular, just the right consistency with lots of friendly earthworms.  Some people call me a Compost Queen, a title I hold in high regard.  We have 5 50-gallon compost tumblers and 1 45-gallon compost tumbler, for a total of nearly 250 gallons of pure compost power.  My compost consists of vegetable and fruit remnants; plants removed from cleaned up gardens, pots, and planter beds; and flower remnants.  No weeds.  No sticks and woody stemmed flowers; I have found they often do not compost completely.  I also do not compost corn cobs as they are not digestible if a dog eats one; surgery may be required to remove the eaten cob.

Additional compost items include tea leaves; egg shells; coffee grounds and paper filters; shredded paper and newspaper (no glossy paper); used paper towels; seasonal dropped leaves and pine needles; and a few grass clippings if available and there is room.  And by the way, using a bit of compost starter additive (available at your local garden store) really speeds up the process.

Compost is simply the best for supplementing to our heavy clay soil, and adding to my pots and planters.  I recommend using compost tumblers, as they are easy to turn and load, and have a secure top so that rodents (and pet dogs) cannot get into the compost.

Do not add these food items to your compost:  Do not add foodstuffs that will mold - dairy, grains, rice, pasta, bread, and meats/poultry/fish - to your compost.  The mold, even eaten in relatively small amounts, can be toxic to children, dogs, and wildlife.

Happy Gardening, Everyone!

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