We started our compost bin from scratch when we arrived here in August—-immediately, the very month we moved in. By month 5, we had rich, black, ready-to-use compost.
We shoveled a bit out for the fall garden but didn’t really have enough until the spring garden. I dug in through the bottom and pulled it out a few weeks ago–almost 3 wheelbarrows full. Along the way, I found a few things that didn’t compost so well. Just so you know, and don’t waste your time like I did…
Corn cobs and avocado skin take FOR-EVER to break down. But they will. The inner lining from the Weet-a-bix package will not. Shame. I really liked that cereal. The Better Oats oatmeal packets decompose on the outside, leaving what you see here– small packets of plastic that aren’t going anywhere. So, those are out too. I refuse to purchase either anymore. I can make my own oatmeal. Wheat cereal is another story …. And the paper board from a Dairy Queen treat. That doesn’t go anywhere either. (I knew that. I just thought maybe this time?)
Apparently, Q-tips (the non-plastic kind) take a while, but they will disappear. I put many in there, that was the only one I spotted.
They’d rather sprout. I had to pick each one out. Learned my lesson.
And rather large mango seeds…though I didn’t see the avocado seeds anywhere. That’s strange. The dead bodies and road kill didn’t work out so well either. Kidding!
Soon I’ll tell you all about the new garden where we’ve been spending all our spare time.
It has been exhausting. I could have slept right here in my gloves and shoes…and hat. The ants and bugs didn’t even faze me.
Two community garden plots + the back yard garden. I’m determined to can.
I was so tired, I couldn’t decide which was more interesting….my dirty fingernails…
Or watching my man work. WHERE does he get this energy if he gets up at 5 in the morning? (I say as I type at midnight and he’s sound asleep! ha!)
Happy gardening everyone! I’ll show you our garden soon. Right after this nap…
Have you tried an experiment in the compost that just didn’t work?
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