I have a compost bin that I started in July and I want to give you all an update on it. First off, I put almost everything in it, yes, even meat and dairy, but not in large quantities. I put all vegetable, pasta, fruit, everything in it! I also put madrone leaves and bark in it along with yard clippings and weeds. I stir it every couple of weeks the best I can and water it when it starts to look dry. There are plenty of bugs and grubs in it and there is no smell coming from it, really: no smell! So I’ve been wondering if it’s become a hot compost pile or not but I don’t have a big thermometer so there was no way to find out. Then I read on-line about taking a metal pole and sticking it in your pile. Then you’re supposed to wait a few minutes and pull it out to see if it’s hot or not. Well I did that but with a metal pipe. I waited 15 minutes and when I pulled it out it was hot! Hot like it had been laying in our hot southern Oregon sun for a few hours! Woo-hoo, I’ve done it!
Now about my tomatoes, they are producing better and better. One problem though. The first tomato that I got has gotten pretty big, about 3 inches across, but it’s still green. I’m going to give it time and see what happens. I found out that if they aren’t ripe and frost comes I can cut the plant at the base and hang it from it’s stem in a place where no frost will get it and the tomatoes will ripen on the plant. My landlady did it last year and she had fresh tomatoes into January! I was glad to hear this because of the late planting and it usually means a late harvest too. At the bottom of this blog is a poll, why not check it out?
Now, about my family life. My husband, Eric, and I are taking off this weekend, with no kids! We are going to Newport City for my sisters wedding and using the rest of the weekend for us! I am so excited! The kids will be with Grandma camping so they will have a blast too.
Well, that’s it for now. Stay green and stay happy! God bless….