Latest topics» New Member
by sanderson Today at 3:47 am
» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing December 2016
by sanderson Today at 3:15 am
» 1st Seed Catalog Arrived :)
by sanderson Today at 2:34 am
» Calcium and Magnesium Deficiency
by sanderson Today at 2:14 am
» N&C Midwest: December 2016
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 9:32 pm
» Happy Birthday!!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:29 pm
» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 9:25 pm
» 2016 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by yolos Yesterday at 9:19 pm
» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:58 pm
» Tomato Tuesday 2016
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 8:52 pm
» New England, December 2016
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:45 pm
» Garbanzo (Chickpeas, Cicer arietinum) and Kidney Beans
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:33 pm
» CHALLENGE - Smallest possible footprint
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 8:22 pm
» Facebook - SFG Foundation postings
by sanderson Yesterday at 12:32 pm
» Anyone out there tried crosne tubers?
by sanderson Yesterday at 11:52 am
» California's Drought
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:21 am
» Mid-South: December 2016
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 7:40 am
» Second Year SFG in Canada
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:16 am
» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver 12/8/2016, 5:21 pm
» Holy snow Batman!
by donnainzone5 12/8/2016, 12:13 pm
» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals 12/8/2016, 11:44 am
» Garlic: Freeze, thaw, and heave
by camprn 12/8/2016, 7:05 am
» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals 12/7/2016, 10:43 pm
» GF Collard Greens, Kale Recipes
by BeetlesPerSqFt 12/7/2016, 12:49 pm
» Bon fires on the Levee
by Cajun Cappy 12/6/2016, 12:17 pm
» Mid-Atl - Dec 2016 - Seed Catalog ?
by Scorpio Rising 12/5/2016, 10:24 pm
by countrynaturals 12/5/2016, 12:06 pm
» Live and learn
by jimmy cee 12/5/2016, 9:08 am
» AtlantaMarie's Garden
by countrynaturals 12/4/2016, 2:04 pm
» Mychorrhizae Fungi
by audrey.jeanne.roberts 12/4/2016, 1:28 pm
I have a compost mound in my treeline at the edge of the property. I turned it today using a multi-tined fork. Am I using the proper tool? I spent half my time "unspearing" the stuff from my tines. And within minutes my back was unhappy. My reward was some compost at the bottom of the pile; although not perfect, certainly good enough for my flower gardens. Any suggestions?
- Posts : 192
Join date : 2011-05-09
Location : Indianapolis=6a
I to use a long tine pitch fork until most of the stuff is broke down good then switch to a square shovel. Yes using a pitch fork can be a pain in the "back" as you found out but in the end you will be rewarded with some wonderful finsihed compost. One this to save on the back is take smaller bites out of the pile also you may want to invest in a back brace that can be purchased at most home stores. I have a very bad back and they work quite well. Always remember to use you legs when lifting heavy fork fulls and move you feet when turn and not just twist at the waist.
- Posts : 52
Join date : 2011-05-27
Location : Ellis County, Texas
@squaredeal wrote: Any suggestions?
Have your kids do it, provided they are old enough and still live at home. Add it to the chore list, because it is a chore, or have them go out and turn compost as a deterrent to breaking house rules.
Not the most popular opinion, but my kids don't live in my house for free. They don't get to ride the gravy train. They earn some money, but they also receive punishments. Punishments are usually something that isn't "fun" but HAS to be done to keep the home running. I don't like doing it, mom doesn't like doing it, kids don't like doing it, but it has to be done. IMO, kids need to learn responsibility and that work comes first. We play hard when the day's work is done.....and we get paid/rewarded for our efforts.
Physical exercise is lacking in our society, too, especially in our kids. To me, it's a win/win. But, to put my disclaimer on it....the kids have to be old enough for this. I would never send my 9 year old out to turn compost as punishment or a "chore." But, when he's in high school, he will be doing the turning, mixing, and some of the grunt work.
Kids that have been taught to work hard may rebel and soften with their kids someday. But, even in the backslide, these former kids will still outwork the man next to them. And, that is to their advantage.
- Posts : 2727
Join date : 2010-12-25
Age : 42
Location : St. Louis, MO
Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum