Another man’s garbage….
April 14, 2009

The lazy girls compost heap...

The lazy girl's compost heap...

I have become a recent convert to composting….don’t know why I didn’t do it years ago! When I think of all the items  I have sent down the disposal, that could have had another life as soil enriching compost, it makes one want to weep. Still, better late to the party than never, as my Momma says.

And not being blessed with a large yard, I’ve had to be a little crafy about where to put the compost heap. You wouldn’t notice it, over on the side of the yard where are lots of leaves and stuff…and so daily I carry out whatever I would have thrown away. Leftover vegetables that have gone a touch moldy, anything organic that would have gone to waste like coffe grinds(worms love them), tea bags, fruit peels, vege peels, peanut shells, even wood ash….it all goes in. The things to avoid..inorganic material, meat and dairy stuff(they make the pile smell bad and attract varmits), pet droppings(bad)…..common sense really. If you go to composting 101, they have all the answers if you’re not sure what to put in, and what not to. They will tell you that what I’m doing(a pile of compost), is the lazy woman’s entree to the world of composting. Whatever. Maybe I’ll get a bin soon.

Little green compost bowl....

Little green compost bowl....

So I keep a little green bowl by the sink, and in go all the things that would have been down the disposal..oh, and all the yard clippings( in the pile, not in the bowl). Did you know that yard trimmings and food residuals together make up almost a quarter of this country’s municipal solid waste stream?  That’s a lot of stuff that could be put back to work  in the soil…in landfills. So…go forth and compost. Your garden will thank you for it!

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