Veggies in disguise

I’ll take the top of this pile to make paths between 2-foot garden beds, using the next layer as mulch in the asparagus beds and elsewhere (broccoli, sprouts, peppers, tomatoes). Under that, red wriggler worms are having sex and making multitudes of new babies, eating damp leaves, leaving worm castings (poop), turning it all into compost. I’ll distribute that about mid-summer throughout the beds.

These are mostly are oak leaves, so will that raise the pH of the garden? Nope. Weeds and kitchen swill (referred to as  nitrogen-rich “greens” will join the leaves to keep it all in balance.

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About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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