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MAYTime Composting News

September, 2014

Where has the Summer gone? Certainly not into my "monthly" newsletter! Thanks to those of you who have asked recently when the next one would be out... I needed the prompting.

October Compost Special

From now until the end of October, compost will be available at MAYTime for a reduced price of $55 per cubic yard. Cover your beds in the fall, and be ready to plant early in the spring!
Our Topsoil mix (50% Topsoil / 50% compost), normally $60 per yard, will also be $55 until the end of October.

Beginning in January, 2015, Compost will be $70 per cubic yard, and delivery will be $20 for the first 15 miles.

A Look At Some Customers' Gardens

I have received many compliments from customers who built new garden beds this year and last, about the wonderful results they got from using compost and worm castings. Recently I decided to feature a customer’s garden once in a while in these pages.

Steven Stedillie recently purchased land in Yancey County to start an Organic-certified farm called Treehouse Farms. His first project late this summer was to build a few raised beds for his own use and plant some fall crops. The last week of August, he bought compost and worm castings from MAYTime for his beds. This past week, he sent this photograph, taken during a heavy rain.

Water Holding Capacity CompostSteven wrote:

“We got a tremendous rain last night and it was amazing to see the water holding capacity of the compost compared to just tilled soil.  The garden beds with the compost never pooled water and the other beds that didn't have the compost had 4 inches of water sitting in them.  I've included a picture”.

When he returned a few days later to purchase another load of compost, he also remarked on how quickly things were growing.

Steven plans to market his produce and meats to the Katuah Market in Asheville , and through TRACTOR in Yancey County.

Welcome to the area, Steven!


Using Chard from the Garden

Do you grow Chard (Swiss Chard)? I grow it every year in my garden, because it is easy green to grow, prolific, and does well in warmer weather as well as cool. I happen to like its taste as well.

Here’s a recipe I made up recently to make Chard more interesting. I’ve been making a lot of this as a side dish:

4-8 cups chopped Chard
1 Green or Red Pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 Onion, peeled and chopped
 (Optional) 1 medium ripe Tomato, chopped.
2-3 Tbsp Olive Oil
Seasoned Salt (one called “Spike” is my favorite)

  • Saute onions and peppers in 1 Tbsp Olive Oil over medium heat until slightly browned.

  • Set peppers and onions aside.

  • Saute Chard in remaining Olive Oil for 3-5 minutes in a covered pan.

  • Add ¼ C. water, cover and cook for another 5 minutes.

  • (If adding tomato, add to chard and cook for another few minutes until tomatoes are just soft).

  • Add back peppers and onions. Heat quickly.

  • Season to taste.

Footnote: When I cook, I almost NEVER measure, and I cook by feel, not by timer. I have done my best here to guesstimate amounts and cooking times!


MAYTime Will Compost for the Spruce Pine Potter's Market

MAYTime will be composting food scraps and disposable (compostable) serviceware from the Spruce Pine Potter’s Market ( Elizabeth Gibbs, owner of Small Potatoes Mobile Kitchen and Stone Soul Soup, and well-known to Yancey County residents as a promoter of local foods, will be serving lunches at the Market, October 11 and 12. Everything Elizabeth is using for this event is compostable - even the large trash bags that will collect compostable waste are, themselves, compostable.

Be sure to get over to Spruce Pine for this event. Support local potters and have lunch. And support Local Composting.

New Bluebird House

The Bluebird nestbox I built a couple years ago has raised several families of both Bluebirds and Tree Swallows. I have been delighted with the way these friends have kept the insect population down at MAYTime.

This summer the house started to fall apart.  I had used scraps of plywood for the construction, and even with a coat of paint, it was not going to last.

Here’s the new house, this time made from old salvaged chestnut, a wood that weathers extremely well (The chestnut is already almost 100 years old). The roof is a slab of sassafras. Looking for new renters in the Spring.

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