Although this blog usually focuses on the pretty parts of gardening, a lot of dirty work does happen in our humble garden that goes unseen in the flower and veggie money shots. One neglected corner of our garden has been the compost pile, which has grown to the gargantuan proportions of a heap. Kid you not, this thing is about 15x10x3. Most of the garden books seem to refer to 3 cubic feet as the ideal size of a pile. Perhaps this is where we've gone astray...
Since we are planning a big garden expansion next spring (just beyond the white car), we're going to need all the organic matter we can muster. The good news is we have most of what we'll need in the decomposing leaves, grass, and kitchen waste that lay in the former foundation of a root cellar on our property. We were blessed with a fairly dry 3 day weekend so we went at it today, stirring, layering, and wetting the pile.
Here is the before:
And the uhhh now - hopefully after by spring:
A cute little green stink bug resident of the pile. Probably bad news but too cute to kill:
Amongst the clumpy, slimy, wormy and wet bits, we did discover some nearly finished compost. Maybe neglect can be divine. We filled 2 old trash cans and plan to roll them around over the next few weeks to make sure they're fully cooked and consistent.
We are thankful for worms! Hope you all had a very happy holiday
Amanda & Mike