Saturday, March 20, 2010
First Day of Spring and I'm Sifting Dirt!
by Callie on Saturday, March 20, 2010
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)