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The Urgent Garden Question Forum is part of A Way to Garden, but there is a difference between it and the blog itself. Stated simply:
On the blog, I choose the topic and post about it, and readers may wish to comment in response.
On the forum, the subject matter is driven by you. You initiate the conversation, and (hopefully) chime in to help one another and just get acquainted. I will stop in, but not answer every question; this is a place for community-driven discussion about anything reasonable that interests gardeners.
To post on the forum, you must register. The process is simple (link above). To get a photo to accompany your posts, called a Gravatar, go here.
Four overall things will enhance the experience:
Search before asking a question to see if there’s already a thread (and even maybe an answer!) on that subject.
Scan the list of forums within the system to see which one is the place for your post.
If you want to have general conversation, the General forum would be the best place to begin.
When you do post something, give it a good subject line (title) – so not “A Perennial Question” but “How to Divide Daylilies” or “When to Transplant Peonies.” This makes the topic more accessible to others who may have your answer.
For important etiquette rules, please read “Getting Started” at the top of the Forums. Thanks for your visit.
I was just thinking of this and am about to post a few great sources of composting do’s and don’t on the blog, including Cornell Composting, Journey to Forever and Garden Organic (a British organization). Basically no grease, fats, animal products (except manures); no things that are too woody or large to break down easily (sometimes you have to pre-shred them or run over with the mower; certain things like thick branches just don’t work at all). No weeds that have seeds already developed (next time weed earlier and then compost the debris). The key: mix it up–brown stuff (like dead leaves or fine twigs) plus green stuff (like grass clippings) makes black gold (compost). Inoculate with a few shovels of compost or just garden soil in each layer to speed things along, and keep your heap moist (not wet) and aerated to speed decomposition. There are a lot of good links (including the ones above) in this page on the blog that I posted awhile ago (and also in the sidebar links area): http://awaytogarden.com/composting-basics/
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‘never stop wanting more plants, my garden mentor instilled in me 20-plus years ago, regularly reminding me of another gardener, past 90, who still lusts for every new thing he can get a cutting of. I promise not to, until I myself am back in the soil.’