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Post  Marc Iverson on 8/9/2013, 10:58 pm

I found a worm! I was so excited!

I think that's a sign that I must have crossed over the line to the other side ... and become a true gardener.

Oddly enough, it was in a pot that I filled with mixed compost and peat and then didn't do anything with except put another smaller pot of basil on top of it. The pots are on a poured-concrete dog run surrounded by our thickly graveled, barren backyard. Last place I expected to find one, I guess. Maybe a worm egg got into the compost?

Hooray! I have a new pet. I can't wait to love him, and hug him, and pet him ...

What silly gardening things have you gotten all excited about and maybe even felt like telling people about before realizing they'd probably look at you like you were a little nuts?
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Post  sanderson on 8/10/2013, 1:40 am

Eric,  First SFG has lots of little happy feet times! hyper  My first sprouted seed on 2-20-13. (Arugula)  First free lumber from a construction site 3-5.  The first two 5-gal buckets of produce culls from the Farmers' Market on June 28.  My first hot compost ready to use July 21.  Smelled so good.  Many more, but those were mile marks.

I can't wait to see what others have gotten excited about.
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Post  Marc Iverson on 8/10/2013, 10:33 pm

I went to the dollar store today and saw a box full of other flattened boxes. Score! Good for my compost heap (I've got free chicken and horse poop but the other kind of "browns" are hard to get) and I hear worms like cardboard too.
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Post  camprn on 8/10/2013, 10:46 pm

Marc Iverson wrote:I went to the dollar store today and saw a box full of other flattened boxes. Score!  Good for my compost heap (I've got free chicken and horse poop but the other kind of "browns" are hard to get) and I hear worms like cardboard too.
Try the back side of any retail store for free cardboard.

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Post  Triciasgarden on 8/10/2013, 10:58 pm

I love your worm story Mark and it is a "free" new pet!  I was laughing so hard!  Cardboard is great to use and the worms do love it!  Will you bring your new pet in for the winter?

Sanderson that is great that you wrote down your happy firsts!  Wow, you sure scored on your freebies!  Free is such a nice word!

Mine today would be my big pile of mulch that I got delivered for free today and good possibilities for more in the future!  I should tell my son that I shredded it all myself!
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Post  Marc Iverson on 8/11/2013, 1:19 am

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Marc Iverson wrote:I went to the dollar store today and saw a box full of other flattened boxes. Score!  Good for my compost heap (I've got free chicken and horse poop but the other kind of "browns" are hard to get) and I hear worms like cardboard too.
Try the back side of any retail store for free cardboard.
Thanks, I definitely will be. I'm always on the lookout for compostables these days; it's an "always-on" filter.

sanderson -- awesome! Gotta love free. I went to the farmers market today and almost all their cantaloupes had gone bad. I should have asked them if I could come get them later in the day or something. I'm going to keep that in mind for next time.

Triciasgarden, thanks! And grats on your free mulch! I don't get it free, but I've been snapping up the heavily discounted "end of season" mulch and compost lately.

Re bringing my worm(s?) in for winter, family will nix my keeping worms indoors even in the garage, so I'm thinking, come winter, of burying a bucket deep in the ground, putting some drainage holes and bedding in them, and then maybe another couple of buckets of edible bedding and a lid with some air holes on top, all surrounded by a half a foot or so of mulch. Maybe some plastic tented over the lid to keep the snow or rain from falling into the lid's air holes. I've read that redworms sometimes survive worse situations. We do freeze in the winter, but not for long, and temps rarely get below freezing for more than a few days at a time.

Anyway, it's one more worm than I had a couple of days ago. Let's see if I can keep it alive. I just hope he has a girlfriend.
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Post  sanderson on 8/11/2013, 4:07 am

Marc,  At the FM, I took 5 gallon buckets and 13 gal kitchen garbage bags and walked around.  Some places I would leave a bag and pick it up on my way out.  Other times they would dump their produce into the lined buckets.  It took several trips to the car because I can't carry much.

Whenever my husband could go with me, it was easier because he could carry 2 full buckets each trip to the car.

NOW I have a small roll of kitchen bags in my car, just in case I run into something to compost!

Today's free score:


Got permission at a new housing development to take anything in the pile that was less than 8'.  bounce We will have an assembly line tomorrow. I will back pound the nails and mark the cut line, he will pull the mail and power saw off the ends. Yipee
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Post  Marc Iverson on 8/11/2013, 2:27 pm

Cool, sanderson! You going to make a new bed with that?
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Post  sanderson on 8/11/2013, 2:59 pm

Yep, A new 2' x 4' bed, 3 layers (10 1/2") tall instead of 2 layers (7").

Then, add a second layer to some existing 2 x 3' and 2 x 4' beds, just for the looks.  Six inches of MM is plenty deep to grow anything but carrots, etc.  Yeah, MM! cheers   Of course, I've only been gardening since March!  I think I have enough left over MM and new homemade compost to fill the new beds from this week's labor, and add an inch or too to the existing beds for looks. Plus finish top dressing everything.
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Post  Marc Iverson on 8/11/2013, 3:53 pm

Nice! You'll be saving a pretty penny in supply costs.
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Post  Kelejan on 8/11/2013, 9:09 pm

Yesterday I was given a free composter, and that was just after I started turning over a partially finished pile I had surrounded by chicken wire that was downright ugly looking.

Today I finished turning the pile into the new composter, then sifted some finished compost to give to my friend. Two happy people.

Since I started SFGing, I now get kitchen scraps on a regular basis from friends,
coffee grounds from three small restaurants, and this season I have been given several bags of horse and chicken manure from two different people, already bagged and delivered.  And all the fall leaves I could want, and some of it shredded.

I share some of the results of produce and compost when I can; people do not always want or need it but I do offer.

I feel blessed. Very Happy
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Post  Triciasgarden on 8/11/2013, 9:22 pm

Sanderson that is wonderful you already have the compost and MM ready to go!  You got some great wood and your suggestions for having bags ready is such a great idea!

Kelejan you have such a wonderful group of friends and suppliers of composting ingredients!  Congratulations on your new compost tumbler!  That is the way to do things, share with what you can!
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Post  Triciasgarden on 8/11/2013, 9:23 pm

Thank you Marc!  So glad you are able to snatch up the discounted stuff!
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Post  s1rGr1nG0 on 8/12/2013, 2:11 am

Kelejan wrote:Yesterday I was given a free composter, and that was just after I started turning over a partially finished pile I had surrounded by chicken wire that was downright ugly looking.

Today I finished turning the pile into the new composter, then sifted some finished compost to give to my friend. Two happy people.

Since I started SFGing, I now get kitchen scraps on a regular basis from friends,
coffee grounds from three small restaurants, and this season I have been given several bags of horse and chicken manure from two different people, already bagged and delivered.  And all the fall leaves I could want, and some of it shredded.

I share some of the results of produce and compost when I can; people do not always want or need it but I do offer.

I feel blessed. Very Happy
I have a question... I forgot that you can put coffee grounds into the compost bin. Can the filter go in as well?
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Post  TxGramma on 8/12/2013, 2:55 am

s1rGr1nG0 wrote:
I have a question... I forgot that you can put coffee grounds into the compost bin. Can the filter go in as well?
Yes...coffee filters and tea bags too!
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