The past few days we have had some pretty sunny days, with temps in the 60's. After the weeks of rain and cold temperatures, i could not help myself today................I brought out the shovel and wagon, and went digging for the "Black Gold".
No........it's not the gold stuff the westerners got rich on, but it's the black material that makes my garden beds rich in organic matter. It's the dark organic material buried under a layer of leaves in my compost pile.
Composting doesn't have to be all fancy or complicated. Most gardeners make compost by simply combining their kitchen waste, such as veggie scraps, coffee grounds, eggshells, and fruit scraps, along with leaves, and other garden waste. Hmmmmmmm I think i see something green growing in the pile......Looks like a few potatoes!!!!!!! We also have access to manures, which contributes greatly and gets things heated up to start the decaying process. I usually clean out the chicken tractor, and the horse stall and dump to one side of the compost pile. I add scoops of the manure to the pile throughout the year, when I'm flipping the pile periodically. No need to buy special activators or inoculants to get the process started, there are plenty of natural microbes in the waste to promote decomposition on it's own.
I usually contribute to this pile all year, and in late winter or early spring i dig to the bottom layers to gather my "black gold".
My chickens also help with this process, when i let them free range, they love getting into the compost pile, scratching and aerating the pile for me. They also love the tasty veggie scraps they get to nibble on and help break those down.
So today i got started getting those beds enriched and ready for spring planting. I ordered some heirloom seeds this week from Seed Savers, looking forward to giving them a try.
Hope this encourages you to try your hand at composting. It's not difficult, all you need to start this project is a small spot in your backyard and start stockpiling scraps, and before you know it..............You will be digging your own "Black Gold"
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