The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Santo Domingo
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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Thursday, January 17, 2013

From straw into gold...

Well, not exactly straw, more like abono, you know, manure, you know, bullshit..... into gold, that's for sure.  In some circles, I am known as Mr. Compost or Mr. Mulch.... in other circles, I am know as Sr. Abono, that's Mister Bullshit to you.

I just had a huge truckload of aged abono delivered and if you just put it directly on the gardens, it will stay in dry chunks until the rains come, which is not for another five months.  So what better thing to break it up with than my trusty wood chipper.  For this operation, it could be called the Poop Chute.
 As far as I know, I have one of only two  in Oaxaca.  It makes a huge difference. 
I also have some large piles of pure compost and some of grassclippings.  As I started shoveling the abono in the chipper, I could see that it was going to come out a bit heavier than I wanted, so I began mixing in the other ingredients and can now control the output from heavy to light and fluffy. 
This stuff is absolutely perfect and I have been putting 4 to 8 inches of the the stuff on all the beds.
The soil in the gardens is already getting good, but this should make a huge difference.  I will also be mixing potting soils in the chipper adding dirt, sand and compost depending on the needs of the plants.  Pretty cool, eh?

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