Saturday, March 20, 2010

First Day of Spring and I'm Sifting Dirt!

Happy First Day of Spring! 

I got myself outside today and started the dirt sifting process. I think this is going to take longer than it did to put together the Hugelkultur bed.

The shoveling, bending and pushing on the dirt is harder than working on making the bed. Who knew?

The screen door is coming in handy again. I shoveled some of the leaf compost on the screen and then pushed the dirt around and about half of the scoop goes through the screen.

The dirt that goes through the screen feels like flour! I really don't know what the dirt should be like. Maybe I should put some of the small stuff back in the "flour?"

The rest is sticks, stones, acorns, and odd bits. I was hoping to be able to dig the leaf compost and use it as is, but there is too much "stuff" in it still.

The chickens and Morgan come by every now and then to check on me. They probably wonder what I'm doing playing in the dirt.

I just went to check on the lentils, pulled up the towel, and wonder of wonders there are tiny little sprouts! I was going to toss them tomorrow and really didn't hold out any hope for the lentils ever sprouting.

I'll let them grow some and then feed them to the chickens. I guess these lentils like to grow on a moist towel rather than in the jar of water.

(March 20, 2009)

(6 eggs today)



Mike said...

That picture maks it look like your dog is standing on the screen! Silly

Kelsi said...

I want to grow lentils! They are so delicious.

JoyceAnn said...

Wow- you've been busy. Love the pic of Morgan and the chickens in the background watching you work , everyone looks contented.
Glad to hear you've got sprouts. That antique chicken feeder is great , sometimes you wonder why we've progressed so much , when you see stuff like that. I'm sure it worked just as well and looks beautiful to me.

My chickens have slowed down with their egg laying since the time change , I believe they're confused. I think I'll uncover the window today and see if that helps.

~ Happy Spring Blessings ~

Vicki Lane said...

The Hugekultur method looks very interesting -- if pretty labor intensive. I'll be interested in following your experiment!

Kateri said...

Happy spring to you. My chickens are always in my way when I am digging in the dirt. When they see me with a shovel they come running knowing that worms will unearthed.

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

That does look like a lot of work. At least you have a few helpers. he he
Morgan keep up the good work. Maybe Mom will find a ball in there?

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Missy AKA Little Messy Missy said...

Screen door, inventive! Sorry about the lentils. Can't wait to see growing beds finished.

zacher.bay said...

I am so inpired by your Hugelkultur beds, that I am in the process of building 4 of them, we have loads of debris to throw in. Thanks for all the information!

Jennifer said...

Cool on the sprouts...

Leigh said...

Love the chickens in the background. I'm sure they loved you're doing the ground turning for them. did they get many grubs and worms out of the deal?

And look at that screen! You are so much more industrious than I. I just shovel, hoe, and hope for the best.

~Kim~ said...

Happy Spring to you too Callie--I love to play in the dirt too! :-)