Friday, December 19, 2008

To do list: study ecological farming and feed the worms

Yupp, I'm keeping the schedule! Yesterday I studied ecological farming...

erm... reality I read a few pages every day, so you'll have to wait a bit for my Big and Learned Post on the subject. Untill then I can say that it's interesting to read about something in quite another size than my own fiddlings.

Today I fed the worms. That was something that took me a looooooong time to do. I was expecting odour, but when I finally came around to do it I did it so fast that the smell couldn't keep up. Self-preservation is a good thing.

Before I emptied the can of food into the compost I poured out the worm fluid. About three deciliter (more than a cup) of prime black water to feed to the plants. When I watched the level rise in the bottle I realised that I've reach a milestone, one of those I've waited for

I'm now selfsuficiant in fertiliser

The vermicomposts did the trick. When I came around setting them up the rest was a matter of weeks. Still I think a celebratory woho is in place. Wohoo!

So, this is what's left on the list

  • Sterilise soil
  • Mix new potting soil (jay for home made worm fertiliser!)
  • Repot seedlings
  • Buy sills, consoles, lamps, chains and flourescent lights
  • Paint sills
  • Put up sills and added light
  • Move the mound of pallets under the window in the study
  • Put the potted plants in their new places
  • Order seeds

Will I keep the pace? Let's see...


WiseAcre said...

The last thing I plan on doing is taking a dirt nap and feeding the worms :)

I did a search and found a couple of Fireweed Jelly recipes. If your interested just Google for them. I'm hoping they return in the areas I found fireweed this year. I'd like to try myself.

Rosengeranium said...

Hm, I'm not sure I can find any fireweed around here. Rats, we sold the farmsted some years ago - you could find tons of fireweed up there (unfortunately we couldn't find jobs in the area).