Sunday, November 08, 2015

Last of the summer vines.

It rained this morning as was forecast.  In anticipation of Mother Nature's waterworks, I spent most of yesterday afternoon turning over my compost bin and spreading the resulting nutrient-rich humus around the bases of my Cabernet Sauvignon vines.  I hope the vines appreciated my effort because by the end of the day I really appreciated being done with this particular vineyard operation.
The amount of kitchen scraps that Vinomaker and I manage to produce never ceases to amaze me.  I think that if we were to put it all the food waste that we put into the compost bin into the rubbish bin we'd quickly run out of space for actual rubbish.
Besides being good for the vineyard, I must admit that I like to observe all the goings-on in the compost bin: not in the least the antics of the red wiggler worms (Eisenia fetida).  And I also find fascinating the number of things that spring to life in the dark of the bin; sprouting potato eyes, onion-ends, tomato seeds and even the single leaf of a ZZ plant (that I had tossed into the compost simply to dispose of it).  It's like magic.
Composting is not without its dangers, however. This morning, after breakfast, I took a small bag of  food items down to where the compost bin resides (behind the barn); bits and pieces of vegetables from last night's dinner, sundry coffee grounds and tea bags, and a few eggshells. When I lifted up the lid the first thing I spotted was a black widow spider luxuriating, full-stretch in her web across one corner of the bin - just where I had had my fingers.  Never fear, madam has been composted into cobweb-heaven.


Thomas said...

Afraid of spiders? I never wopuld have thunk it.

We managed to start a ginger plant from a piece in the compost that started to root. The plant is doing nicely in a large pot.

By the way, your use of "Mother nature's waterworks" is fitting, as the picture looks like a watercolor work.

Thud said...

nice one compo!

New Hampshire Wineman said...

I agree with Thomas on the "watercolor work!
My aunt in Alabama was bitten by a black widow, and she suffered for about two months; nothing to mess with!

Vinogirl said...

Tomasso: Hate spiders, possibly the only thing on the planet that I am afraid of. Oh, and sharks (the real ones) and not overly keen on heights...that's it.

Thud: Thought you'd like that :)

NHW: Misty, rainy morning-light quality...and the only photo that didn't have rain drops on the lens.