Today I continue my quest in creating and posting one block a day of the fabulous That Town And Country Quilt by the lovely Susan-Claire Mayfield. This is day two hundred and one of that project.

This quilt block shows a large brown and yellow fly with a trail of gray stitching on a blue background. Below it is a gray bucked with an orange label on it, and next to that a rust colored trowel. The largest item is a pile of black fabric with green marks on it representing manure. It has a white stitching outline around it.

Wow look at the size of that fly!

Our industrious gardener is at a nearby farm getting some fresh cow manure in her brand new bucket with her brand new trowel.

She is also wearing brand new gloves. Her name is Jan and she has decided to jump start a slow compost pile.

Jan has realized she doesn’t have enough nitrogen and moisture to get things cooking.

This manure pile has been mixed with the wood chips the animals are bedded on and is starting to break down nicely. Jan will go home and layer it in with some more carbon (straw) and vegetarian nitrogen from unsprayed grass clippings.

She’ll be diligent in watering it just the right amount.

Turning it regularly will keep it composting. The internal temperature of her pile will reach around 135 degrees.

This is sufficient to kill insects and plant diseases.

When the pile cools down and starts to look like dark moist soil she can start adding it to her vegetables and flowers.

I sure hope Jan has come to get this in a pickup truck.