Westlake update


Monday I stopped by the garden to water and check on the vegetables.  I found a lot of unpicked produce so I picked about seventy pounds of cucumbers, fifty pounds of squash, corn, tomatoes, bush beans and a few carrots which I took in to the school for the teachers and other faculty who are back to work with school starting next week.  The garden bounty is in full swing and it has exceeded the needs of the school family center clients.

I took quite a few pictures to share.  Hope you enjoy.

Overall the garden is doing well.  We do have a problem with blossom end rot on some of the tomatoes which is caused by inconsistent watering which leeches the calcium out of the soil.  Mulching to keep the soil level consistently moist usually does the trick.   The garden did have a lot of aphids in the spring but the lady bugs have kept them in check.  Other than a couple of mice and a few wasps everything is going well.    The shop class will finish the shed soon and I plan to tackle some weeding and turning compost in the near future.  Not bad for a first year school garden.

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About urbancompostsystems

I am a retired law enforcement officer who is an avid gardener. I have a compost bin business named Urban Compost Systems. I believe strongly in the concept of growing healthy food and I utilize chickens and redworms in my "compost system". The only ingredients that I need from outside my system are leaves in the fall and some supplemental grass clippings from neighbors. I make hundreds of gallons of compost in my four bin system. I thoroughly enjoy the summer bounty I get from my yard and I take great pride in knowing that I am using my yardwaste to make healthy compost for my yard.
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6 Responses to Westlake update

  1. Rhonda F says:

    I love the pics…everything looks beautiful !!! I didn’t get to plant the birdhouse gourds this year and I am green with envy over the ones you got.

  2. Kim says:

    Wonderful garden! The staff at the Middle School are fortunate to have your wonderful gardening skills!

  3. Lorraine says:

    Scott, I got home late yesterday afternoon and started planting some flowers and herbs I picked up. I kept thinking you were going to call, and then I realized that elves had already been to my house. I have bags of leaves! and no more large heavy pieces of wood! Thank you so very much for everything. I’m still filled with trepidation over this entire composting endeavor, but your enthusiasm has me giving it a try. Can’t thank you enough for the bins, the advice, the leaves, the missing wood … Wish me luck …

    Lorraine

    • Your welcome Lorraine. No need to worry about the composting. Just remember three parts brown to one part green (inch or two of fresh grass per layer of 10 inches leaves), water and once the first bin is heaping, flip the material (mixing it) to the second bin (water as you go). Turn the material to the third bin after ten days. The day after the turning put your hand a foot or so into the pile and you will be surprised how hot it is. Any problems or questions just give me a call or text. I know you will be successful and I see you building more garden beds to put all that wonderful compost into. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks again for your business. I really appreciate it. Scott

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