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And actually nothing seems to want to eat the asparagus (except for the asparagus beetles of course). Which is why we took the risk of adding those two beds. A bunch of years ago I planted a few as an experiment and when nothing bothered them we added a few more to that first bed which is along the outside of the fence by bed #6.
At the time I was the only one who liked asparagus, but now that DH has decided he likes it too, we added the two beds in the picture. Here's a shot of the original asparagus planting:
It really is a thing of wonder that the critters have left it alone all these years.
(Oh, dear-- does anyone know how to rotate an image clockwise? Sanderson? Sorry about that folks…)
I think the Berkeley method is a great way to quickly make your own compost, although I have never been able to make it in 18 days. My fault for not turning it every 2 days. I started daily recordings this year. Pile #4 was started April 7 this spring and was finished in 27 days, then rested a week, for a total of 34 days. It was turned a total of 7 times. Pile #5 was started June 29, finished in 36 days and turned 8 times, then used on day 40. The current pile #6 was started August 10 and turned 4 times so far. I estimate it will be finished in 30 days, then rested a week. So, up to 40 days from start to finish seems to be my pattern. I will build one more, #7, in September. I finally feel a lessening of the panic I've had, since I started SFG 1 1/2 years ago, that I don't have enough compost for making more MM and recharging used beds. I should have a full bin volume (27 cu ft) of ready-to-use compost come next spring.
The cage is 3' x 3' x 3' inner dimensions, the minimum mass for hot or "hottie" compost. The final volume is about 1/2, or 13 1/2 cubic feet.
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