Saturday, December 11, 2010

Winter hath Cometh!

With the advent of winter, we have been enjoying the company of friends and family alike.  The compost stream from Whole Earth and Dunkin Donuts has been helping to sustain our activities and preparations for spring planting.

The post-compost waste compost pile we have been amassing next to our shop has been steadily growing for the past several months and is steaming with life and activity inside.  For those of you that may not know, compost piles increase biological activity in the decaying matters, helping to speed the breakdown of materials into nutrient-rich soil.  Our pile is looking very nice!

Bryan works to turn the pile over onto some leaves, fresh organic matter, and sustainably sourced cardboard (locally-sourced plant fibers!)  With the help of mother nature and some winter freeze-thaw cycles our soil mound will be ready for the spring planting efforts.

Our friendly city garden waste removal crew conveniently piled organic matter a few yards away from our facility, which we are glad to use for soil-building activities.

We also brought in the rolls of WTC wire rope from out back.  The Wooden rolls they are wrapped around have historical significance to Bethlehem, where steel industry boomed in the second half of the 19th century through the early 20th century. (obligatory Wikipedia link here.)

2 months until February 11th, 2011...

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