Project: Garden Tower

Day one: Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016.under-construction-sign

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“Yours truly” wants to plant a winter garden. However, there are several things I need to accomplish before I put seeds in the soil. Over the months, the soil “settled” in my Garden Tower, and one ring considerably short of soil. Before adding soil, the compost tube needed to be emptied. Ideally, the compost would fall into the drawer at the bottom (after compost “tea” was saved, and screen removed between tube and drawer). The compost tube is packed solid so I removed “rings” (one at a time) and fished out compost. I continued to tamp the compost hoping it would fall into the drawer. No success. Then, in full sunshine, beastly hot so I was forced to abandon the project (until tomorrow morning).

Starting to clean compost tube

Pushing compost out the bottom

See the worms in my hand

See the worms in the container

Compost tube

Thermometer on wall

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Worms covered with wet nightgownReady to cover the wormsThe worms will (hopefully) be cool and comfortable until I finish the project and return them to the compost tube.

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Garden Tower in the sunshine

Temperature at ten indoors and outdoors

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Day two: Friday, Sept. 16, 2016.under-construction-sign

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Thermometer on storage building wall

Compost in drawer

No small task cleaning the tube

Clean compost tube

Hose water to settle soil

Punching to settle the soil

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Day three: Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016.under-construction-sign

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Temperature at seven

Day three

Water and tamping

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Replacing the rings

Zip tie, ring, tube and soil

Soil returned to Garden Tower

Fresh organic soil will be added

Paper, cardboard and garbage for the tube

Paper and garbage in the tube

Sorting worms

See the worms in empty box

Empty box

Shredded paper from inside my trailer home

Shredded paper added

Temperature at ten

Temperature at two-thirty

Read Feel at three

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Day four: Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016.under-construction-sign

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Seventy-five at seven-twenty

Transferring soil

Added soil

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Punching soil

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Another bag of soil needed

Still seventy-five but out of soil

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Day five: Monday, Sept. 19, 2016.under-construction-sign

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Basket of seeds and gardening info

Soaking lettuce seed

Soaking Kale seeds

Organic fertilizer(s)

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“Too soon old, too late smart.” I forgot to soak the lettuce seeds overnight. I could not locate Kale seeds (I “thought” I had a package)!! Other than a trip into Livingston, not much accomplished today. Purchased bulk Kale seeds at the farm store, and zip-ties at Walmart. (My compost tube is crooked so some longer ties required.) Several “impulse purchases” at Walmart: Organic additives for plants. They were drastically reduced because the Garden Shop is fast becoming a Christmas shop.

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Day six: Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016.under-construction-sign

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Seventy-five at seven-twenty“The early bird catches the worm” can be reworded “The early gardener feeds the worm(s).” A lesson I learned from cleaning the compost tube. Chunky stuff doesn’t get eaten by the worms. Now I cut everything into smaller pieces and discard the solid core.

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Ready to chop kitchen scraps

Ready for the worms

Ready to plant seeds

Please grow

Zip ties applied

No soil in top ring

From my kitchen window

fullscreen-capture-9202016-101921-am-bmpRegrettably, the rain only lasted about ten minutes. It just made the air hot and extremely humid.

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