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ATP Podcast #18: A Checklist of May Gardening Chores

By dave
May 15, 2013

It's mid May and most of the country is hopefully in the middle of springtime, and that means it's time to review what's happened so far and contemplate those important springtime tasks that need doing.

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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
May 22, 2013 11:47 AM CST
Just now getting caught up Whistling

Compost - we had family here last week, all live in the city. We were having watermelon and I told everyone to put their rinds in the compost bin when they were finished. They looked at me like I had two heads Green Grin! Dear son-in-law took all the rinds to the compost for me. Other than veggie scraps, my compost is mostly egg shells, coffee grounds, and tea bags.

The only spray I use has stuff in it like beer, ammonia, mouthwash, baby shampoo, etc.

Ack, I need to go prune my Weigela Whistling

Our roses are just screaming color this year too - WOW!

Watering containers from the water garden is nice as it has fish poop in it. Thumbs up

GREAT podcast - thank you Thumbs up
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
May 22, 2013 12:13 PM CST

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Thanks Vic.

As for the food issue, it drives me crazy to see good scraps actually go into a trash can (where it'll find its way to a landfill). It just feels so phenomenally wasteful. A watermelon rind is so valuable for compost (especially vermicompost!) and failing that, as extra food for the chickens of hogs. This is why everyone who has any space at all should keep a compost pile (if they grow a garden) and/or a laying hen or two, in my opinion. Smiling

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