I have found that the more compost and organic matter I add to the soil in my garden, the less I have to water it, even in the ridiculously hot summers we have here in Las Vegas. I have gone from twice daily watering to daily watering (50% reduction) to every other day watering (75% reduction) simply by increasing the amount of organic stuff in the soil. When I added straw the first time, I cut that down to half again. In the area where I have added wood chips, I'm averaging less than once a week, or about every 10 days. And my plants are healthy and have no water stress. (More on the wood chips later.)
|The day after I turned it. If you put your hand down into that hole,|
you will notice how hot it is. I couldn't hold my hand in it and
that's just after about 14 hours.
|About 2 feet by 3 feet. Any bigger and it gets too heavy|
to shake back and forth to sift. I put it on the wheelbarrow
and do my sifting into that.
|Just waiting to be mulch or compost stuffing or worm food.|
Pretty versatile stuff.