Karen used the melon pit idea from Compost Everything and fed rotten chicken to her squash with amazing results:
“I wanted to thank you for the melon pit idea which I replicated in miniature with some of my squashes this year, and hours of entertainment your audiobooks have provided.
After listening to your excellent audiobook Compost Everything I decided the 2 forgotten roast chicken carcasses stashed in my freezer waiting to be made into stock had a better use.
I buried one about a foot down and topped off with partially rotted compost into which I planted a patty pan squash. I thought you might like to see the difference it made after a few weeks, compared to a chickenless squash. No prizes for guessing which is which!
I also made an indoor Hugelkulture bed for my greenhouse. We have loads of dead branches and stumps from hedgelaying just rotting in ditches in country backroads in this part of the UK. It seems a shame not to rehabilitate them. It’s also a great boost for my madwoman reputation to be seen stuffing them into the back of a Toyota Yaris.
Best wishes thanks again for the excellent books and blogs.”
I love the melon pit concept and I use it regularly. Last year I grew some nice pumpkins on top of a dead rat.
This year I planted some Hubbards on top of a dead gar.
What better way to plant a squash gar-den?