Friday, August 5, 2011

Summer Projects: Compost

We've had one compost bin for awhile.  You can read about that here.  I'm happy to report: NO Bears.  Yet.  Our next door neighbor called last week to say a bear got into their garbage.  But we haven't had one get into our compost and we haven't seen one yet.  I hope it stays that way. 

We are now a 2-stage compost family.  We added a new compost bin this year.  It's a Lifetime 80 gallon compost tumbler.  Anyone want to guess where we got it?  Ten points if you're right.  It's from Costco.

We put the "fresh" compost in our old compost bin.  Then we move it to the new compost bin when it has degraded some.  The new bin tumbles the compost easily.  Plus it snaps shut great, a bear would have trouble getting into it.  We've actually been able to use the compost this year.  I've used it on some of my seedlings this year.  I don't know whether it's the compost or what, but my seedlings grew fast and well this year! 

Here's some of the compost on our blue grama grass plugs.  We were dumping out the small amount in the bin so we could fill it up again with stuff from the old composter.  Lovely black and rich compost.  Love it.    It's way blacker than our stuff we call dirt.  It's like chocolate and bacon for dirt.  Yum, yum.

Do you compost or have a favorite compost method?  What makes your garden grow?

Next week I'm going to attempt to plant my home-made grass plugs.  Except I'll be planting them in the side yard instead of our fenced in backyard, cause that pesky mole is still rooting around in there and I can't seem to find his tunnels to ahhhh.....exterminate him. 

What are you up to this weekend?  Enjoy it!

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