first bin will fill up and become gorgeous compost, brown and crumbly, by summerís end.
What do we do
with our kitchen scraps in fall and winter?
even more important, what
do we do with the many garden plants at the end of
the summer season?
why we have a second bin. An empty second bin.
those dead plants from the summer garden into the bin. Not the thick
stems and roots (too hard to decompose), and we remember to chop the rest into
smaller pieces with the sharpened shovel. We finish by covering the greens with dirt.
Then comes the hard part: Wait. Until. Spring.
all we have to do.
Experts advise turning the compost over every few weeks. In fact, they
recommend 3 bins, constantly rotating compost from one bin
you try to do this rotating, you will abandon composting.
You will find it's way
too hard, both in time and on your lower back.
Instead, do no more than keep the
top of the bin covered with earth, keep it
moist, and keep
feeding it until it's full.
The only maintenance needed is to
occasionally pull sprouts that grow like crazy in the terrific dirt of our
compost when it's been too long since our last visit. (Photo at
next: Storing the compost