Do you compost? I think I've been composting for at least 20 years. It's a simple, easy way to add nutrients and minerals to your vegetable and flower gardens. As they say "Compost Happens". It's what the forest floor is made of. Any green or dried plant material will do. You can add egg shells, newspaper, coffee grounds, tea bags, and vegetable and fruit peelings. The leaves from trees may be added to your compost. If you have a mulching mower all the better. Just run over the leaves and add them to your compost pile. The most important thing to remember about your compost is to NEVER put meat or dairy in it. It will attract undesirable critters to your compost.
There are many complicated articles written about composting. Topics about ratio of green to brown material. I'm sure I might be able to make compost faster if I followed some of this advice. But I have time to let it sit -- It is not complicated and you don't need any special equipment. All you need is an out of the way space in which to add your dried or fresh plant materials. Our compost piles are behind our fenced in area.
We have three separate compost piles in the back point of our property. We use the 3 year plan. Every year we have a fresh pile of black gold or as some call it, chocolate cake compost. Letting our pile sit for 3 years, all of the material is broken down to wonderful compost.
|Compost area 1
|Compost area 2
|Compost area 3
It's work, but so rewarding and my plants love it. You are keeping leaves and such out of the landfills. So that makes for a better environment and better plants. Truly it's a win win process all around.
This morning, with the help of Grayden and Samuel, we were able to get 6 wheel barrow loads of wonderful, rich compost. The guys shoveled it out of the pile and Grayden and I applied it to the large perennial bed and the new daffodil bed and the hostas around the oak tree. It looks nice and the plants are so happy that we gave them some extra nutrients.
|My strong helpers
|Isn't it beautiful!
|New daffodil bed with compost
|Hostas top dressed with compost
|Compost on bed
Grayden thinks we have about 12 more wheel barrows left of compost. We will get to this as time allows--(and our backs allow). We will be putting compost on a couple of garden raised beds in the back and also in our brick planter around our patio. I fill several pots with it also to decorate the front porch and the patio. I just love having this free resource to use. It is amazing! So, do you compost?
|Day lilies are coming up!