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Monday, May 26, 2008

Fun with Compost

Well.... we purchased a backyard compost from Sam's today. Bob the Builder is very excited to help me put it together. (Actually we got 2. I am going to bring the second one to the office.)

It was easy to assemble. "Bob" liked playing in it.
Scott liked it too.

I put it on the side of my house. It is hidden by wild growing summer hibiscus. I dumped all the contents of my smaller plant containers in it. See this post.
This is what it looked like.
Very moist! Too moist! And Smelly!
We had been shredding paper this weekend, so I topped it off with the paper and soil from "used" plant containers. I had noticed lots of fruits flies before. As soon as I dumped it, the house flies came around. (Suggestions anyone?)

I wonder how long it will take the home owners to find it and give me a fine and reprimand. Sigh.

Here is links to other blog posts about compost that inspire me:

Beyond Your Peripheral Vision - My New Compost

Peter's Peapod - Harvests Her Dirt and Talks about Worms


Lauren said...

I'm doing the happy dance for you!!! Hopefully the HOA won't notice. Keep us updated on how it's working for you!

Mike built my compost bin today and I transferred my pile to the new bin. I'll have to post the picture that I took this afternoon.

Allana Martian said...

Happy composting! That wonderful, rich soil will do your potted herbs lots of good!

turtlewomyn said...

Add brown stuff. Don't suppose you have any dead leaves? Or can you scavenge them from someone?? I know some suggestions are to pick up people's yard waste that they have left on the curb.
We had some nasty fly problems for a while, with lots of maggots. Finally took care of it with a better mixture of browns and greens.

Permission to Mother said...

Lauren is giving me some hay tomorrow. Did you check out Lauren's compost photos?


crispy said...

We have no problem with flies but I have dead leaves and sometimes we toss in grass clippings. That should help. And keep it watered. Moist and warm. Do you turn it?

It just warms my heart to hear that you have been inspired. LOVE IT!

Your fellow tree huggin' friend.


Permission to Mother said...

Allana- Do you compost? I brought some fresh fruit over to Sharon recently and cut it up there (and I don't cut fruit for just anyone!) and her mother took it out to the compost!

Cris- I dumped all little pots of kitchen scraps into the compost. Does that count as turning? Probably not. There is plenty of shredded paper and hay from Lauren in there topping it now! O probably need to mix it. The food scrapes probably are too moist.

Permission to Mother should be studying said...

The hay has helped the fly situation. I still have fruit flies inside the house. I set up the compost at the office today. I used Lauren's hay at the bottom, next shredded paper. The stuff that goes into this one will be a lot different than at home. It will be interesting to see. I'll post about that one another time. I am going to edit this original post to include links to Lauren's ans Cris' compost posts. I have quite a few site visitors finding me through google by searching for compost and I'd like to make it easy for them to find you!

crispy said...

I only get fruit flies if I leave the stuff on the counter too long. If it gets taken out to the compost pile quickly it isn't a problem.

In regards to turning, I turn mine to keep the fruit on the bottom and the leaves and dirt on top. If I leave the fruit on top, ants will come and I don't really care for that.

You are becoming quiet the resource for great information. So glad to be a part of it.

Anonymous said...

I would love to compost. I haven't quite convinced M of it.
C and M

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