Spring has arrived at Boone Gardiner and we have all kinds of great things to show you. We have hundreds of Kentucky grown trees available to replace trees that you may have lost from storm damage.
There are new truck loads of trees and plants arriving daily. We have a wonderful selection of Sustainable and Green Gardening Products such as: composters, rain barrels, herbicides, pesticides and much more. As well as our premier line of organic seeds, Seeds of Change, are in and we have a huge selection of veggies, herbs and flowers seeds for your garden.
Seeds Of Change
We are also doing all kind of great things and renovations to the garden center site. We have added new display gardens, are installing a rain garden demonstration area, a new sustainable materials deck, a veggie demo garden, and much much more.
Rain Garden Construction
New deck being built
In order for microorganisms to properly break down your compost pile they require a certain ratio of Carbon to Nitrogen (C: N). It is also possible to have a nervous breakdown worrying about precise ratios and recommended temperatures. There is a multitude of information on techniques, systems and recipes. I think the best approach is to keep in mind the optimal numbers and basic techniques then experiment on your own.
Everything that you put into the compost pile has a C: N ratio. For example, leaves are high in carbon with around a 60:1 ratio and coffee grounds & grass clippings have more nitrogen with a 20:1 ratio. In general, the C: N ratio that you want to achieve in your compost pile is approximately 30:1. The key is to balance the ingredients by alternating layers until you get close to that ratio.
There are a couple of indicators that you have the right ratio of C: N. After a week the center of the pile should be hot to the touch (around 130 degrees Fahrenheit). If the pile is not hot then you probably have too much carbon. Another clue that your ratio is off is a very stinky pile. Excessive nitrogen causes excessive smells from the pile. Additional carbon is the solution here.
The UK Extension office has a great resource for home Vegetable Gardening.
Below is the link to the guide:
The warm weather today is a good reminder that spring will be here soon. It is time to pull out those seed catalogs and start thinking about fresh tomatoes from the backyard garden!