So if you recall, we recently cut down a large water oak that was hanging rather precariously over our house.
Since then, we have noticed a reduction in the population of Orb Weaver Spiders from the eaves and awnings of the house. This may be unrelated but notable to me. The Beekeeper has also noted that there are less squirrels in the attic as well.
In the recent months, The Beekeeper has been meaning to clear out the gutters and eventually work out an ingenious rain catchment system which will help us to water the plants in the vicinity.
After removing the tree, it became undeniable that the patio tin roof was covered in multiple years worth of debris. The debris was composting in the gutters allowing nature to take over and plants to grow right on our roof.
The Beekeeper started cleaning out the rows of the roof and collecting the composted slurry of twigs, leaves and God knows what else into our wheel barrel.
When we mentioned what we were doing to our friends at RainScienceGrowBags.com, they thought it was a great opportunity to use the composted material in their grow bags.
RainScienceGrowBags are made of a material that is Greenguard Certified and is infused with MicroBan Product Protection to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria mold and mildew.
This eliminates the mold mildew problems us Floridians suffer from when container gardening by allowing for increased airflow and drainage.
We decided to start by transplanting some Sobrocito Pepper seedlings that have started to pop up around the mother plant.
We have our pepper plant companion planted next to a rather large Mulberry Bush. The Mulberry is providing shelter and shade for the pepper plant as well as attracting beneficial insects which have allowed it to thrive.
We used the composted soil material, placed it in the grow bags and transplanted our pepper seedlings.
We will keep you posted as to how our peppers are doing in the next few months.
Stay tuned! We will also have a review of Compost Everything: The Good Guide to Extreme Composting coming soon!
- Compost Everything: The Good Guide to Extreme Composting
- Grow or Die: The Good Guide to Survival Gardening
- Totally Crazy Easy Florida Gardening: The Secret to Growing Piles of Food in the Sunshine State
- Create Your Own Florida Food Forest
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