Saturday, September 12, 2009

Cold Compost

I bought this compost bin at the Gardener's Supply (www.gardeners.com) several years ago. It's now under my deck, just outside the kitchen so it is handy for dumping vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds, but also grass clippings and leaves. It's now a trendy kind of "green" thing to compost, but I learned this practice from my mother who had a compost pile fifty years ago. There really is nothing all that new about it. There is something infinitely satisfying about dropping garbage into a container and within months emptying out a load of rich, soil enhancing mulch. It's so easy. I've been told that compost decomposition is jump started by the addition of beer to heat it up. Mike does not approve of this--certainly not with his expensive micro-brewery favorites. I have, on occasion, bought a quart bottle of cheap beer to pour over the mix, but I think a squirt from the hose works just as well. I don't even turn it that often, but look at the stuff I get out.

1 comment:

  1. I agree that there is something satisying about compost. I don't understand it, but we've been composting about a year and a half and we are so amazed by the process. We love our dirt!

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