One of the chores on today's list was to sift compost.
A square of 1/2 inch hardware cloth makes a good screen for sifting out sticks and undecayed matter. The compost we screened today is mostly chipped wood dumped over at woods' edge by the people who cut the right of way. We let it decay for some years and then brought what was left nearer the point of use. Next to that pile is composted gin trash, several years old. I mix the two.
Buffy loves sifting compost.
Getting those pieces broken down takes a large paw.
Hard work requires frequent breaks so as not to overheat.
Today's temps reached 80F.
When I sift compost, I pile the rough material over to the side to break down further. Next spring we'll pile it back the other way. During the summer I decorate the pile with daylily blooms picked at days end so I don't have to look at 'soggy socks' the next morning but go straight to admire fresh blossoms. I add pine cones to the pile when I'm raking. Pine cones break down in one year to make good compost.
Screened and mixed, it's ready. We lost a little when Buffy
exhuberantly dug in the mixing process, but we have plenty.
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