Day 168–The Volunteer That Ate My Yard

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Who knew last November when I shoveled rotten pumpkin goo into my flower bed that I would be creating a monster. But a monster pumpkin plant is apparently what we have on our hands! This one plant has taken over the flower bed, the walkway and soon, the driveway. So far, it looks better than anything I actually planted on purpose and other than some compost from our bin this spring, I haven’t fertilized it or anything. Its huge, orange flowers should be producing lil’ baby pumpkins. Should. But isn’t. Why??? Any ideas? Do I have one of those weird GMO pumpkin plants that doesn’t have fertile seeds?

In the meantime, I’ll be watching for any cries of “Feed me, Seymore!”

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Day 88–Worm Composting from The Soulsby Farm

At the Dig In! conference we attended, we learned a lot about vermiculture, or composing with earth worms. Apparently, these suckers can eat a great deal of vegetable scraps, paper and coffee grounds and turn it fairly quickly into rich compost. We’re interested in trying it, but I have to admit to being a bit squeemish about worms in my house. I was going to post instructions, but another blogger, The Soulsby Farm, did such a great job, you should just go to their site for more information. Check it out–it is pretty fascinating!

Let’s Build a Worm Farm!  http://soulsbyfarm.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/lets-build-a-worm-farm/