He reminded the audience that now is an excellent time to put down a 2 inch layer of compost on your beds.
Mark also talked about a recent trip to the UK where he visited Kew Gardens. Kew Gardens has one of the most famous compost heaps in the world.
(Image via Kew Gardens)
The Kew Gardens compost heap produces about 4,000 cubic metres of mulch a year and is a tourist attraction in its own right.
My family composted before it was trendy. In fact, when the fall leaves were put on the heap we used to play in the compost. Here are some shots of good fun in the compost heap.
We started composting in our present home in 2001. I don't know how we would have survived the 2002 and 2009 garbage strikes without a home composter. Toronto has a weekly green bin program so we use that as well.
If you need some tips on starting your own compost heap, this site is a good starting point.
Mark also mentioned that hummingbird migration start in early April. Put your hummingbird feeder out now. For more information on hummingbird migration in Ontario, this is a great site.
Finally, Mark also gave some tips on tomato plants (note: it is too early to put plants out now!). Here are his rules for a bumper crop:
- Pick stalky, short green plants.
- Dig a whole 1/2 size of a bushel basket.
- Fill with 1/2 compost, 1/2 sandy soil.
- Water deeply.
- Stake in June. Mark prefers these spiral stakes over hockey sticks.
- Fertilize (Mark uses Green Earth granular 4-6-8 Tomato food).
- Apply bordo mixture in July to prevent blight.
- Make sure you harvest and you will double your crop.
(Wusthof Classic 5" Tomato Knife, image via Williams-Sonoma)
That's the scoop! I hope you are enjoying the weekend!