Bo and Louis were the first ones to help unload the recycled lumber today. These kids are awesome, willing, polite, funny, respectful and.. strong. That board they are carrying here is 15 feet long and weights at least 45lbs! Yesterday they were hauling buckets of rocks that we use to make a gopher barrier around the garden perimeter.
Here they are, unstoppable, pulling nails off the recycled lumber.
The new compost station we built today. Notice that the first compartment (left) has been dug 12 inches...
... to accommodate a 12 inch mattress of branches. The mattress will compress with the weight of the pile but will allow air flow as well as drainage.
Next is a layer of dry leaves that we picked up in the neighborhood...
... followed by a 40lbs layer of green scraps picked up at the Montanita Food Coop. From now on, we'll be getting our green waste from Body, the Restaurant and Spa a couple blocks from the garden. They have agreed to give us their vegetable waste, as well as their meat and fish waste, which we will be using to make a biodynamic brew in barrels. That brew is excellent to activate compost piles.
The green waste gets covered by a layer of dry matter (in this case leaves and shredded cardboard), a few scoops of horse manure, and topped by a thin layer of straw. The pile can now get watered.
The hens, rooster and turkeys had a good day today and got treated a juicy slice of organic watermelon from the Montanita food scraps.
Tomorrow Sunday, weather permitting (yes it rained today just as we were putting our tools away!), we'll be gathering again from 3:00pm-7:00pm to create more raised beds.