Sunday, August 17, 2008


This is my first attempt at composting in a real compost maker. My brother gave this to me. Someone threw it away. So I decided to give it a try instead of just pouring all my compost stuff on the ground.(-: It is almost full of dirt/chicken manure/various other composting stuff. I spend 4 hours raking the entire chicken pen and cleaning out their house/nest etc on Thursday. So there will be a big supply of compost next spring from this job hopefully. Usually I pile the chicken stuff near the garden on the ground and by the next spring its ready to add to the garden. So we'll see how this goes.

Friday was another hot day. 113 degrees here. Some of my plants got burned but I think they will survive. Yesterday was 106 and today it should be about the same. I have a lot to get done before I start my work week.

Not much blooming today but here is a picture of the heirloom phlox (-:


Brenda Kula said...

I sure need to get on the compost train! Don't know where I'd put it in this garden home yard. And have to keep the pets out of it. Hope it gets cooler there soon, so's you can breathe better. It's cooled off a little here, so I can take a deep breath now!

Alex said...

113 degrees!!! Holy cow, girl!!

I've never done composting...but maybe I should. Let me know if you have any success and the benefits. :)

Meadowview Thymes said...

OMG--113 degrees! I will never complain about the heat again! :)
Wish I had the room to compost. Good luck with yours--keep us informed on how it goes.

Wicked Gardener said...

I like that um, bag? Bin? Sack? Whatever it is I've never seen one quite like it. It would be perfect for my yard.

Perennial Garden Lover said...

I've never seen that type of composter before, I hope you gets lots of black gold for the spring garden. Your heirloom phlox are quite dainty little blooms. Pretty! :)

cindee said...

Hi Brenda,
Today was much cooler. High around 100. There is a nice breeze too. It feels so cool outside compared to yesterday and friday.
This composter is really different. Its a hard plastic type thing with holes all around it.

Hi Alex,
Yeah it was a hot one!!!! You should try it too. This is my first attempt at doing it this way.

Meadowview thymes,
LOL 113 was a hot one but not as hot has it was in July. I am ready for fall(-:
This compost thing is only about four feet by four feet. Small enough for anyplace(-:

Hi Wicked gardener,
Th composter is a hard plastic thing that you fasten together. It has holes all over it. It should be interesting to see how it works.

Hi perennial garden lover,
I hope the composting thing works too. I can't wait to see what happens in the next few months(-:

tina said...

I bet your compost might be ready before next spring as hot as it is. Whew! Stay cool!

My LIttle Family: said...

I just found your blog from a comment you left with Wicked Gardner. Is Jack a Rat Terrier? Ihave two ratties. Vickie

lola said...

Lord girl do stay cool. You could get a heat stroke. It's hot here but not that hot. I too am looking forward to Fall. But as it goes I'm trying to fix my beds as I need them. Iris coming & I need to get that bed fixed. Boy, a lot of work & not enough time to get it all done. Me thinks I need a helper. Kids now days don't like to work like that even though my GGS'S 5 & 6 helped Fri. Did pretty good for little fellows.

lola said...

Forgot to tell you I have a Compost Tumbler--not worth a flip. If you don't have access to manure you are up a creek.

Anna said...

You will get compost fast with those temps. Lots of good microbe eating going on. How are you going to turn it? It is especially wonderful to get it for free. They say chicken poo is the best so now I see why your gardens are so lush.

I know this year has been tough on your garden----mine too. We're on our second year of a severe drought. It makes you nutty and almost want to give up---but no---we'll do it all again. Good luck at work next week.

pammiejo said...

UGGGHHH - the heat - you have my sympathy! We have been so lucky this summer in Kansas - we are relishing our 80+ degree days, in August, no less!

I wish I had some of your chicken poop for my compost. Composting does make a difference. We have 3 bins going all the time - hard to make onesself go out there to turn it though!

cindee said...

Hi Tina,
It would be fun to see how fast this takes. I have never tried it before(-:

Hi Vickie,
Yes Jack is a Rat(-: Don't you just love them? He is the funniest little dog I have ever had. Usually we have always had labs. So getting a Rat was a new thing but I really love him to pieces(-:

Hi Lola,
I know kids don't seem to want to get dirty now days. I use to work so hard when I was a kid for everyone that needed extra help. That is how i made my fun money.(-:
I have seen the tumblers too and wondered how they worked. They make it look so easy(-:

Hi Anna,
I have no idea how to turn that pile of chicken I will have to stir it I guess. Like a Witches

Hi PammieJo,
80 degrees sounds just perfect!! I wish we could have some cool days here. I would love to have three bins to mix the compost up in. I am not sure how I will get this mixed up. Should be interesting to see how it goes(-:

Skeeter said...

I started my first compost area this year! It was not amounting to much with little rain on it but once I started to spray it with a hose and some rainfall, it seems to be cooking now! Our next door neighbor has offered me horse poo since starting the gardens and I have always passed up the offer. Did not want the smell but I may add some poo under the compost...

I wish their cat would stop putting her poo in the garden! lol...

cindee said...

Hi Skeeter,
We always had a horse and horse manure is great for gardens. I miss my horse.)-: We have chicken stuff though..lots of it. lol I can't wait for mine to get cookin'(-: I better water it I guess since its so dry here. It will probably catch on fire...LOL
It sounds like you have a nice bunch of compost going(-:

Renna said...

Cindee, I have two compost containers just like those. I bought mine at Goodwill for three bucks each. I see you got an even better deal on your's!

We are actually having cool weather here, unheard of for this time of year. I think our hot weather is due back by the weekend, but hopefully we won't climb back into the 100+ temps that we were having before our cool spell.