Category Archives: Compost Pile

Late Season Bean Planting

After trying to get over the failure of my spring garden, probably due to Dow Agriscience's poison aminopyralid, I have decided to replant some quick growers for the second half of our growing season here in Texas.  This bed is scheduled to have broccoli, cabbage and greens this fall.  However, since these crops won't be planted for at least 6 to 8 weeks, I am going to try to get a quick crop of beans. So far, the beans look OK.  I think that maybe most of the poison aminopyralid may have degraded Read more [...]

A Few Peppers From A Lousy Harvest Complements of Dow Agriscience

Thanks to Dow's wonderful poison called aminopyralid, all of my pepper plants were deformed and stunted and most of them died.  A very few recovered enough to produce a few little peppers.  Here are some of that very few: (That lime isn't part of the harvest - it's part of the home made salsa!!)  By this time in the season, I should have 5 gallon pails full of peppers.  Ha, not this year.  Thanks Dow!  By the way, their rep never got back with me.  Gave me a song and dance like dow really Read more [...]

Another Look At What I Consider A Failed Squash Season

An analysis of my first summer squash planting.  (I plan to replant by the end of July - we have 2 planting seasons here, although with this global cooling of the past few years, the cold weather gets here sooner in the fall than it used to ). I am very disappointed with the plants and their production.  Something got the garden this year and I strongly suspect Dow Agriscience and their poison aminopyralid had something to do with it.  The heirloom Rattlesnake Pole Beans also totally failed - Read more [...]

Toxic Compost? Aminopyralid? Thanks Dow AgroScience

I posted a while back that I thought that our wetter than normal spring may have been responsible for my pepper leaves being deformed.  Well, after weeping over my destroyed garden - peppers, tomatoes and beans shot for the season, I have found that a herbicide may be responsible.  After thinking about it, I do believe that the tomato leaves do in fact look like previous herbicide damage to tomatoes that I have seen. My tomato damage and pepper leaf damage does indeed look like pictures of aminopyralid Read more [...]

Squash Blossoms on the Compost Pile

An interesting thing here - I pulled out most of my summer squash plants because with my limited space, it is time to plant my winter garden.I tossed the pulled squash vines on the compost pile and the next day I see these blossoms on pulled plants.  It amazes me how much life is still in pulled plants. By the end of the day, lots more waste was tossed on the pile and covered these blooms. Read more [...]

A Sample Pepper Harvest

The peppers were planted late, also, but they are producing fairly.  I learned that I can plant my peppers twice as dense in a raised bed next spring.  I had never planted them is a 5' x 16' raised bed before, so I wanted to leave them plenty of room to expand.  Lesson learned:  they don't need the room that I left them.  I had planted 3 to 4 plants across the 5' length, only about 10 rows along the 16' length.  Next spring I plan to start twice as much pepper seeds - that means 144 plants Read more [...]

Compost Pile

This is the new compost pile. About 2 months ago, I flipped the big stuff from the old compost pile and added all the weeds I pulled getting the garden ready for spring planting. I wish I was able to build retaining walls, but haven't yet been able to get it rolling. I was considering using old wood pallets for the side and rear wall. I still need to use my 1/2" square wire mesh framed screen to screen the old compost pile, but before I could get the job done, these volunteer squash popped Read more [...]