Growing up in the city we never composted (not that you can’t, we just didn’t), and when we did moved out to some land we mostly gave our kitchen scraps to the chickens. I knew people who composted and they would put “anything” in there, like bones, in my ignorance I thought those wouldn’t break down. Now however, I know that you can put anything that is living matter (whether it be green, brown, etc.), in a pile of carbon and in a matter of a months it will turn into highly beneficial “dirt” to be placed anywhere in your garden that needs a “pick-me-up”.
Now, I am not an expert on compost (we are always learning more about the little we do know), but I wanted to show you how we have been composting for the two years we have been here.
This is our pile from last year. We used big wood chips so it is taking a longer time for the carbon to break down, but it is still doing it’s job. And it’s already growing things! The green on the left is a butternut squash plant (from seeds from a squash I used last year), and the one on the right is pumpkin.
Because the compost from last year is not done we are using it this year as well, along with some smaller chips, for this year’s pile. Hopefully next year we will spread it on the garden.
Do you have a compost pile? What have you learned from having one?