Compost is a soil conditioner, mulch and fertilizer all wrapped into one. It feeds the soil microorganisms that help plants stay healthy, adds nutrients to the soil, and helps clay soil drain better and sandy soil retain water. Plus, composting reduces your contribution to the waste stream by recycling yard and kitchen waste into the world’s best soil amendment. My Wipe Out Friend, Nadine once said- Just dig a one-foot hole in the yard and cover it with a board or bricks until it is full of organic waste. Once your hole is full, bury it with soil, and dig another one to keep composting all winter long. But it wasn’t tht simple. at least not for me it wasn’t.
I tried composting before. My husband idn’t appreciate it much. Everytime I collectedwhat I thought was a good supply, he threw it away. I got crush in spirit, but would keep trying, hoping that the next batch would be a winner. But they all would have the same results….in the trash!
See, we had a garden and I really wanted something good and affrodableto ensure our lots growth without any chemicals. As new family farmers we didn’t know much. I remeber hearing about compost and seeing these dirty looking bins at other gardeners lot at the community garden. Then I seen a posting for a free composting class and quickly secured my spot. I figured if I learned to do it the right way, maybe he wouldn’t trash my stash. Ok….fast forwarding to last weekend. Mary Kay and Shelly came to my house and gave me the greatest gift ever; knowledge!
See what we did-
Built the composting bin.
For a compost system to work, it needs a healthy mix of browns and greens, moisture, oxygen, heat, and an assortment of decomposers which will turn kitchen scraps and yard waste into nutrient rich compost.
Winter composting also pays off by having a supply of organic material ready to use for spring planting.
Position the compost station in the best possible place. The sun and its warmth are crucial to the composting process. Choose a place that allows the compost station to catch full sun for as long as possible.
The two basic elements that make up compost are green garden debris (grass clippings or old annuals) and brown garden derbis (dry leaves). Green ingredients are high in nitrogen and brown materials are high in carbon. Adding too many greens can make the pile smell bad. Do not add animal waste, meats, oils, dairy, diseased plants, weeds that have gone to seed, or plants treated with pesticides or herbicides to your compost.
Collect stuff: leaves and compost waste lie raw food. Not blood or oil based items.Over time, the materials in our compost bin will naturally degrade.
As you can see, everyone helped! We asked questions & listen to the answers and enjoyed the hands on workshop!
1. Should I cover it at all as it get cooler? I just read that -Insulate the compost bin. This can be done easily by either gluing or stapling insulating material to the inside of the bin. An inexpensive insulator can be made by simply using foam wrapped in black plastic. The black plastic will heat up and the foam will hold the heat.
2. When do I add soil to my compost pile?
Read more HERE!
Ever heard of a counter top compost column? I think it’s a great starter for kids.
and here –Nine Ways to Get Plants and Trees for Free.
OK ya’ll till next time! …..looking for the STEAM! QC Supermom