Welcome to the Multi-faceted World of Diamond Gardening

Diamond Gardening for inner growth! Cultivate your place in the world. More than just growing vegetables or cut flowers in a 12' x 12' plot, plant a garden and renew your freedom. This freedom results from the personal success and satisfaction of self-sufficiency while building community with others. With the rewards of an abundant harvest, you widen your awareness of the subtle workings of nature. When you create a Diamond Garden you become part of an international chain of diamond friends who are linked together through the desire to make this act of gardening a spiritual and freedom filled endeavour.

Diamond Gardening increases awareness and respect for your health and spirituality using your 12' x 12' garden as a microcosm of your place in the world.

Sue Gurnee: Compost

width="150"Compost is a collection of decomposing organic material used to resplenish the soil. Organic materials decay and nitrogen is released. The nitrogen rich soil retains water. Humus is the end result of composting weeds, grass clippings, autumn leaves, manure, and organic waste from the kitchen.

It stimulates the soil in continuing the process of decay. Earthworms aerate decaying matter. To ensure a healthy place for your plants to thrive, your soil must have a balanced combination of air, water, organic matter, and minerals.

Weeds such as comfrey and stinging nettle assist in fermenting the compost. Although you may scoff at dandelions that op up in your lawns, they are actually great pals to have in a compost pile. These prolific weeds boost the decomposition process by absorbing two or three times as much iron as other weeds recycled into the compost.

To create a compost area, build an enclose of palettes,  plywood, or similar materials to house a pile about six feet high. Begin with a layer of branches that will allow air to circulate from underneath. Alternate the next layers beginning with manure, then grass clippings, kitchen scraps, and, finally, layers of leaves and straw. If you continue to add to the pile in that order, you won’t have to turn the contents on a regular basis.

Keep the contents moist and let the pile naturally heat up so that the weed seeds are killed.

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