It was hot. I soaked myself in the 100 gal. stock tank. This is a great way to lower your core temperature very quickly. So who cares that I was in my bathing suit and supplex shorts - I'm so not proud!
There is a reason that the compost from the dump is cheap - it's pretty sterile, and has bits of shredded plastic bags in it. I'm not sure I want to know what they make it out of. It needs organic matter badly. Yesterday, after recovering from getting compost, I got horse poop from the rather large pile at the barn. It was probably a yard and a half, which I shoveled into a pile, wetting it down as I piled it up. I was hoping to start some serious heating of the pile, as it's not as composted as I thought it would be. Fortunately, it's a good mix of poop (green matter) and bedding and hay (brown matter), so it should work pretty well.
This morning, I dug about 4" of manure into one of the beds and planted my long-suffering tomatoes. I also got the drip system laid out, and installed in the two finished beds. They only need emitters or soakers to be complete.
After, with Tomatoes installed:
A close up:
|Boards are to keep from compacting the soil|
Now, I have to figure out which seeds go where, so that I can begin my rotation. I may just put them here and there, but for sure one bed will be beets and carrots and garlic (when it comes). I love pickled beets!!
I have the lumber for one more bed, and only need to buy 4 more boards to make the 4th. Since Dad and Wilma are coming next week, I'm going to have to pause in the garden construction to clean my house...