Leaves Wanted

Leaves form one part of Ken’s compost. Ken mixes several components; it all depends on what is available.  He always has poultry bedding, leaves, and hay or straw. Some years he has used horse manure, rabbit manure, and parts of lake bogs or weeds. He puts up his sign and people can bring leaves and empty bags for reuse or leave us leaves in the bags and Ken can use them that way.  Most people …

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Coming Through – the Rye

  Ken often plants rye in the fall.  It will start growing later in the year than other green manures, and grow up again in spring.        It provides soil cover to lessen erosion, root mass and plant matter to boost organic matter. It tempers soil temperature to promote microbial life in the soil – all good.         It is always fun to see the rye coming up when other …

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Voles – Damage and Traps

Growing in a greenhouse often presents unexpected problems. One  is the vole; they are often called meadow mice.  They like to eat plants.  Once they move into a greenhouse the living is easy – shelter, warmer location and a ready food source – the greenhouse crops!  One year Ken lost most of a fall planting of spinach. Voles don’t take the usual mouse bait of cheese or peanut butter, so trapping them presents a real …

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