Compost Sandwiches Grow Awesome Vegetables

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ChrisMcLaughlin Chris McLaughlin, contributor
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These heirloom tomato plants grew over 8 feet tall in my compost sandwiches.
Heres a Vorlon tomato from one of my big old heirloom tomato plants. This variety is for the true tomato lover. It has SUPER tomato-y flavor.
Heres my wonderfully productive lemon cucumber plant in the same compost sandwich bed as the tomatoes. (Bad pic, I know)
These heirloom tomato plants grew over 8 feet tall in my compost sandwiches.Click To Enlarge

These heirloom tomato plants grew over 8 feet tall in my compost sandwiches.

Photo: Chris McLaughlin

Remember when I built the compost sandwiches on my back lawn last winter? While they were waiting to decompose and I was waiting for spring, I decided to do nothing else to them for the rest of the year. I would simply plant my summer veggies in them and water the entire season. I wouldn't add any fertilizer, amendments, or more compost - water only.

I wanted to share with you the end result. I had heirloom tomato plants that were over 8 feet tall. As for the lemon cucumbers, they were phenomenal. I planted one lemon cucumber plant and take a look at the picture. Tremendous. I did absolutely nothing to these beds but water after the compost sandwiches were made and left them alone to do their decomposing thing.

I'm not documenting this to suggest that you'll never need any fertilizer or amendments ever. In fact, typically, my favorite thing to do to my garden beds is add my own compost and I'm a freak for compost tea. Still, I wanted to show you how clever nature is with her composting design.

I'm so thrilled with the outcome of my compost sandwiches that I almost forgave the chiweenies for trampling my heirloom bush beans to death. Almost.


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Ericthomas21 writes: I like it
Posted: 2:44 am on July 13th
josephgarcia writes: Thanks for sharing great information
Posted: 2:30 am on June 15th
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