Composting

Back in September, 2014, I had written this post about the new compost bins and red wigglers. I ended up getting two of these composting setups and you can read more about them in the linked blog post.

Compost Bins

The way it works is this:  Starter material is places in the bottom tray (I didn’t even put the other trays on in the beginning), place red wigglers in there, and feed them fruit and veggie scraps. I generally feed about 2/3 food and 1/3 “brown” which is leaves, shredded newspaper, etc. 

Once the bottom tray is getting full, place another tray on top, add more starter materials and begin feeding in that second tray and all the worms will move into that tray.

I had my doubts but while we were doing some planting this weekend, I removed a tray of compost for the second time. I have two setups so in nine months, I’ve had 4 trays of compost. I think the first two trays took a lot longer than the second trays but my worms are larger now and have produced babies so there are lots of hungry mouths to feed in there!  :)

Compost

Compost

I had already used quite a bit of this before I thought to take pictures but the bins were both about 1″ from the top before I began using the compost. When I add newspaper, I shred it but I also keep layers of newspaper over the top of the worms/food/starter material and I keep that moist. They end up eating some of that but not all of it so there are some larger pieces of newspaper but used that right along with the compost.

I was really surprised that the worms moved up to the second level on their own each time. I had feared that I would be picking out worms but I didn’t have to move a single worm. Also, someone else who had this setup had said it took 9 months to get a tray full of compost. I’m thinking it took about 6 months to get my first tray but I believe now, if the worms stay healthy, I’ll be getting at least one tray per setup per month now.

I’m pretty impressed with this setup and my red wigglers. I had tried having red wigglers in several other setups before but this is by far the best one I’ve used.

Prehistoric Turtle?

I doubt he’s prehistoric but he surely does look old.

Turtle

Turtle

It was the oddest thing because I’m usually the one to notice every little thing and Vince will step right over something and never see it. We had a baby chicken that died and I had come in to get Vince to help me get it out of the coop. I was on a mission with that little chicken being the only thing on my mind so I was way ahead of Vince. He walked out the door and said “Oh, my goodness! Look at that!”  I would totally have missed it.

That turtle was huge! I asked Vince how big he was and he said about 14″. I would have sworn he was 20″ but I’ve never been very good with measurements (or directions!).

Turtle Tail

Turtle Tail

Look at those points on his tail. I think he’s part dinosaur. 

Turtle Feet

Turtle Feet

I was looking at his wrinkled old feet/legs and thinking . . goodness, he must be old and then I realized . . my neck looks about like his feet/legs and I’m really not that old!

Even the crazy feral cat was interested enough to get closer to me than he’s ever been.

Turtle

Turtle

I read that that turtles eat tomatoes so I cut up a tomato for him . . homegrown no less, but he wasn’t interested.

Turtle

Turtle

One of the mangy looking chickens checked him out too. I think she was deciding if the tail was a big worm of if she should walk away and leave that creature alone.

Turtle6

What is this?

In the end, the turtle left, the chickens found the tomatoes . . and life returned to normal, or . . as normal as it gets around here.

Tomato Eating Chickens

Tomato Eating Chickens

Now we’re ready for our next adventure!

 

 

Mr. Bargain Shopper

My husband amazes me with his bargain finding. I like bargains too but I just don’t put the time into finding the like he does. I think it’s Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day that Home Depot and Walmart have sales on their charcoal. I think for Home Depot, the sale was Thursday through Sunday (but I’m not real sure). The price is 2 – 18.6 pound bags (used to be 20 pound bags) for $9.98. The regular price is $19.87.  We always get enough to last us and we never have to buy charcoal when it isn’t on sale. We use quite a bit between grilling and Dutch oven cooking and getting it about half off makes a difference.

Trip #1

Trip #1

Trip #1 yesterday – He went before he ever came home. I think he got 5 packs from Home Depot and 6 packs from Walmart. I believe the Walmart bags are 15.something pounds and they’re a little less but it’s almost exactly the same per pound.  That’s 22 bags of charcoal.

Trip #2

Trip #2

Trip #2 – We both went last night. I needed more wasp spray and a few things from the grocery store so he bought 8 more packs from Home Depot so that’s 16 more bags.  That’s 38 bags so far and you can bet he’ll go back in the pickup and get more before the sale is over.

Speaking of grocery stores . . that same United . . I’m not overly impressed with their prices. Walmart and Aldi are way, way less except things that are on sale but when things are on sale .  . United is hard to beat. They have a coupon this week for $5.00 off produce if you buy $5.00 worth. I didn’t even know about the coupon and got peaches and lemons and it came to $7.28 so after the $5 off, I paid $2.28.

They also had a coupon where you get $5 off your groceries if you spend $50. They had Dr. Pepper – 4 – 12 packs for $9.97 and I never see that price any more so we got 8 – 12 packs . . you never know when I might need ONE Dr. Pepper!  We also got some paper towels that were on sale for $12/pack so that was $24. We must have had something else but I don’t remember what. It came to $52 and we got $5 off that. By the time we paid less than $2.50 for a 12 pack of Dr. Pepper and then got more off, that was a good deal.

Maybe I should have him start doing my yarn shopping!  :)