Do you compost up your way? I compost the organic scraps from the kitchen (the wife isn't to thrilled with it though) and the grass clippings. I got into composting when I lived in VA. It was mostly because I had a 1/2 acre lot and the grass grew so fast getting rid of the clippings was a real chore. Then I discovered composting and all the clippings and some horse manure would go into a pile. The pile would start out being 6-7 ft tall and by mid-week would shrink down to 4 ft. Always amazed me how fast the material would breakdown (hot and humid there in the summer). When you turned the pile with a pitch fork it would really release the steam. Seemed to be really hot. When I lived in Fairbanks, AK I had a compost pile mostly used grass clippings, raked leaves from the yard and kitchen scraps, but due to the colder temps it would take two years to breakdown, but produced some fine compost. Same goes here in Wyoming, I think its primarily because of the cold winters and being so dry in the summer. Hard to maintain the moisture in the pile. I must admit that I don't turn the pile over like I should, but it still produces, just takes a long time.
I had a pretty good garden in Alaska, lived on a 2 acre lot so I had the room, here in Wyoming I live on a much smaller lot so I don't really have the room. I do grow raspberries and some strawberries though.
Actually I have not been composting yet, but I am thinking about making a bin to do so.
My father in-law does the same as you with kitchen scraps(Skunks love his scrap pile) and grass, he has a fine garden with some of the best vegies I have ever had.
I hope to get my garden planted this week.
We have a garden at my house. we grow tomatos, cabbage, potatos, chiles, cucumbers, strawberrys, blueberrys, blackberrys but not on purpose, and lots of apples(i live in washington). we also grow hay but that is foe cows and horses. our neighbor owns a garlic farm.
Yes, Spring has Sprung! My strawberries are in blossom and I've been eating my asparagus for a few weeks now; there's nothing better than asparagus from the garden to the steamer in about 2 minutes!
My onions are in; peas are in and broccoli is planted. Beans will go in next, then tomatoes (regular and cherry), brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, zucchini, cucumbers, cabbage, peppers and maybe something new like eggplant. I've tried sweet corn but it's too much work for all the more room I have; needs a lot of fertilizer and water! I'll just buy it!
I love the planting and the 'eating' - but hate the weeding - Oh well!
Wow, small world! I lived in Fairbanks from 84-99, up on the north end of Farmers Loop. Did a lot of Grayling fishing on the Chena River. You probably know Howie from the local fly shop (I should know the fly shop name but it escapes me at the moment). I loved living in Alaska (great fishing and hunting opportunities), but our son moved down to Ft Collins, CO so we ended up moving back to the lower 48 to be closer.
I knew you were a landscaper so I figured you might be into composting. When I lived in AK the previous owner was a gardener and had a wonderful garden plot and a second plot that wasn't so good. Basically the ground was silt and you could tell that the previous owner had put a lot of work into the first garden plot. On the second plot I would rake up all of the leaves (our lot was surrounded by trees) and rotortill them into the seocnd plot then later on as my compost finally matured I would add that into the second plot also. I grew cabbage, squash, carrots, beens......all the usual stuff that grows really well in AK. In the second plot I grew raspberries. I always grew more cabbage than we could possibly eat, but I like it during the fall when the local moose would come in and finish off what I hadn't harvested. Great picture taking opportunities with a moose in your back yard. As the frost would set in and the green foliage would turn brown the moose would come back and strip all of the leaves off the raspberry bushes.
I know what the experts all say about building a bin for composting, but I guess I'm just lazy. I've never used a bin, I just find an used spot on the property and start piling material.
I haven't made it over to western wyoming to fish. I mostly fish in the local area (North Platte and local lakes) and do some fishing in CO over by Walden (North Park area) and then over by Carbondale, CO (Roaring Fork and Frying Pan). Now that I have more options with a drift boat, I'm planning to fish the Colorado river from Silt to Rifle, once the spring runoff has completed. I've heard that is a pretty easy float. This summer, I'm also planning to fish the Green River (below Flaming Gorge) but I will use a guide to help show me the river first.