What? Another sunny day in Portland, OR? Unbelievable, not to mention timely. Yesterday, I needed to get out there and work my compost bins. It’s a messy job, but some one has to do it :). I’m happy to, actually, because it means I have more compost for sowing seeds, the cold frame, and for side dressing my beds! You can never have enough compost. It looks like our usual ‘fake spring’ is a little early this year!
After I moved all the unfinished compost out of the right bin to the left bin, about half way down I got to the finished stuff. The two piles were about the same size and I had to remember which pile was the oldest! I took some of that and sifted it for the greenhouse and spread some of it in the cold frame. I don’t dig my beds, as I think it disturbs the soil layers. I add about an inch to the tops and let the worms work it into the soil. I got lucky and chose the right bin!
I sifted quite a bit, spread what I needed on the cold frame surface, and then just shoveled the rest in more bins. I ended up filling a large bin and one trash can of unsifted compost, and another bin a little more than 1/2 full of sifted compost...my back hurts!
Ah...black gold! I just love the smell of it!
One of the reasons I had to do this is because that Mizuna is growing too fast and needs to go into the cold frame. It won’t be long before the 1st winter sowings of lettuce, started with the Mizuna, will need to go in there too. Here is the cold frame after harvesting the Corn Salad, Spinach, and a few lettuce leaves- it’s watered and ready to go with its layer of sifted compost. I cleared out what I had left of the Corn Salad and the Mizuna will follow (crop rotation), but the Spinach and lettuce will continue on into the spring.
I will, weather permitting, sow some more Spinach and Corn Salad in that area too.
The harvest was pretty good sized- the bowl it’s in is from my large salad spinner. The spinach plants are not big at all, but I’m taking little leaves from at least 15 plants. Yummy! My daughter and I had a great dinner- chicken tenderloins atop some salad and soup!
Here is the baby Mizuna tucked in their new home, with the cold frame lid on them covered with screening to shade them for a few days- now if I can just keep the munching marauders at bay they’ll be happy campers! Time for my midnight checks to start ;). I still need to cover the cold frame at night with its blanket. They are small, but they grow fast- if they don’t make it I’ll sow some more a little sooner.
I had a visitor in the greenhouse today too, actually a few. The greenhouse got to 92 degrees today, so I didn’t want to leave them in there.
All in all I’d say it was a pretty busy day- this week I’ll be sowing a few more things, I just need to figure out what :)