Creating a Garden Calendar – Day 13 Compost

We are working our way through a series called “Creating a Garden Calendar“.  If this is your first time joining us, welcome.  You are not too late to join us.  Grab a calendar, pen, and beverage of choice.  You will be right where we are in no time.

Compost is something I tend to forget about, that is until I need it.  Then I wonder why it is I have not added more items to it weeks ago.  Even more importantly, why did I not turn it sooner so thing would break down faster?

Make a note on your calendar every two weeks or once a month to turn your compost pile.  This will aid in it breaking down faster and you having compost to add to your garden or beds.

If you don’t have a compost pile, think about adding one.  It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or elaborate.  It could even just be a pile away from the house where you dump all your extra food scraps, lawn clippings, leaves, soil from old pots, etc.

If you happen to live in a place where compost piles are not allowed, consider doing your composting under ground.  In one bed of mine I have a rock that marks the last place I buried scraps.  I have a system for moving from one side of the bed to the other.  After I bury items in the next place, I cover them with soil then move the rock on top.  In this way I am able to add compost to a bed that is very visible.  It is also right outside my door, which is nice on days it is rainy or snowing and I don’t want to walk all the way to the compost pile.


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