The cool thing about Calendula seeds…

Mar 7, 2010

is that they look like tiny little octopus tentacles! I took advantage of the spring-like weather yesterday to seed some flowers into the garden, as my food sensitivities will limit some of my vegetable production this spring. I decided I'd throw in some cut flowers in their place. Seashell cosmos, green zinnias, apricot colored poppies and Calendula have hit the soil so far. I also seeded several varieties of OG Magazine test lettuce and nasturtium.


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Mar 07, 2010
6:41 pm

Great photograph! I love the humus hands! The seeds are cool too. ;>)

Mar 07, 2010
9:52 pm

hello leslie,
my question is regarding raised said at the woorkshop in arlington I should not till under the frames however , the soil is very dard packed ....if I did till and put down the 7 layers of news paper and the weed barrior would there be any benifit from tilling…also can I put shredded paper in my compost pile?

thanks Jim Griffin

Leslie Finical Halleck
Mar 08, 2010
8:22 am

Thanks Carol! Hey Jim, Honestly, if you’re building beds that are 12” high, you really don’t need to till the soil beneath. Now, if you were building more shallow beds, like they do in the square foot gardening plan (6 inches of soil or so, which I don’t recommend in our climate because it dries faster) then I’d say yes, you should prep that sub soil. Eventually, over time, that paper will decompose, and the weed barrier will develop some holes. Then the earthworms will work their way in on their own.

Yes, you can put shredded paper in the compost. It would be a “brown”. Avoid putting the slick colored newspaper in the compost.

Mar 08, 2010
10:46 am

you said there are no dumb questions….what is a “brown”

Leslie Finical Halleck
Mar 08, 2010
12:19 pm

Jim, do you remember in my program where I talked about “browns” and “greens” in composting? Items such as leaves, dried weeds/grass, woodier material, newspaper, etc. are your “browns”. They provide more carbon to the mix. Your “greens” are going to be fresh pulled weeds or fresh cut grass, vegetative kitchen scraps etc. Make sense?

Mar 08, 2010
5:25 pm

now I do…....thanks! I know I’m a pain!

however,I hope you enjoy the fact that with your help I am going to have a great veggie garden and some backyard chickens.I can even have a rooster in greenwood tx.No chickens in denton!

P.S. I have been talking to the young lady(12 yrs) at the place next door and she is real interested in joining forces regarding the chickens.

Leslie Finical Halleck
Mar 11, 2010
10:23 am

Hey Jim, no problem! That’s what garden blogs are for, right? Yes…the chickens are calling you….lol

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