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Archive date:  May 20, 2011

Success in Gardening Begins at the Ground Level

Composting classes next two weekends with radically different approaches… -

My good friend Don Sheffield frequently says, “Many people are down with what they’re not up on”. Here’s your chance to get up on composting. Composting is the act of taking organic matter that has decomposed and recycle it as a fertilizer and soil amendment. 

Bokashi is a method of intensive composting. It primarily uses anaerobic inoculation (without oxygen) to produce the compost. Once a starter culture is made, it can be used to extend the culture indefinitely, like yogurt culture. Effective microorganisms are introduced; these EM are natural lactic acid bacteria, yeast, and other bacteria that act as a microbe community within the kitchen scraps, fermenting and accelerating breakdown of the organic matter. Bokashi is commonly made with ingredients such as molasses, water, EM, and wheat bran.

We welcome to The GreenRoom this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Joanne Smyth. Joanne will instruct and share the value of Bokashi method of composting. Unlike other composting methods, Bokashi allows for greater use of all kitchen scraps due to its microbial process. It is also very fast, usually only 2-3 weeks. The use of Bokashi tea as a natural fertilizer, is but one of the by-products of this age-old Japanese composting method. Plan to attend this Saturday at 11:00 am for an in-depth look at Bokashi method composting. 

Here, take my advice; I’m not using it. I mentioned last week I have yet to remove violas at home; still haven’t. With three consecutive days where high temperatures failed to reach 60 degrees; it makes it tough to pull out the pretties. Alas, this will linger only for fleetingly few more moments. The seasonal warm weather is again upon us, I really mean it this time. WE who have yet to commit to the warm season ahead need to get with the program. Warm season annuals need time to establish themselves before the really hot weather arrives. With that in mind, we have our newly refreshed stock of annuals and perennials ready for the taking. It’s certainly still a good time to plant your vegetable garden. You should consider Square Foot Gardening. You can get more than twice the production out of less than half the space. We have kits specially priced for you in the checkout area; made from Tennessee grown and milled Eastern Red Cedar lumber! Better still… no tools assembly in less than 1 minute.

Come out and enjoy the warmth,

David Bates