Category Archives: compost and mulch

A Recycled Compost Bin

In honor of Earth Day, I’m turning an old compost bin into a new potato bin. The three-bay bin at the north end of my vegetable garden, with the new bin behind it off to the right. Here is the … Continue reading

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Leaf Shredding is Fun

Turn fallen leaves into a crumbly topping for your garden. The Deluxe Electric Leaf Shredder. Adding leaves in small amounts ensures good results. Even though I’m all grown up, I still get a boyish thrill from destroying things. The Deluxe … Continue reading

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Fighting Fruit Flies

It’s tempting to think of these pests as alien invaders, but they’re actually natives. Uncovered fruit bowls attract the swarm. Fruit flies win the “Most Annoying Pest” contest hands down. They live in the kitchen, crawling around and breeding on … Continue reading

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Craving Leaf Mold

It’s not a disease—just finely shredded leaves. Almost any garden will benefit from a dose of leaf mold. Gardening could be an inexpensive hobby, but at my house it’s not. One of my many springtime splurges is the purchase (at … Continue reading

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Dogs in the Garden

A letter to the editor warns dog owners to cover their compost piles so their pets can’t eat what’s inside. These are the four paws that “protect” my garden. I’m in the office today, but I’ll bet my dog is … Continue reading

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Mulch in Moderation

After spreading cocoa mulch, I like to water the area so the tiny hulls will knit together and are less likely to blow around. I used to disdain people who spread mulch on their flower beds and shrub borders. I … Continue reading

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