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Key 9: Nature

Compost: It’s Nothing But Garbage, Enchanted!

Compost: It’s Nothing But Garbage, Enchanted!

Compost. Who would ever have found garbage enchanting?

Well, now, I do!

Let me tell you why. One of my two future sons-in-law is an environmental scientist. In fact, he earned his Master’s Degree in the field and, for his job at the University where he met our daughter, he tended to and maintained the campus orchards.

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Nutrient-Dense Soil

It was a natural progression that when he graduated and moved here, he planted a whole lot of fig trees in both of our yards. He’s also the one who planted those amazing blackberry bushes, peach trees, Asian pear trees you’ve seen in previous posts, and built my raised beds for my herb garden.

(Yes! He is a keeper.)

Plant Based Scraps For the Compost Bin

But it wasn’t until he began the process of cultivating soil for their garden of figs, okra, 3 varieties of tomatoes, squash, peaches, pecans, and herbs, (just for starters,) that I began saving my fruit, vegetable, and eggshell garbage to give to him to make compost.

They come over for dinners and I lovingly hand over one container of leftovers and one container of banana peels, tea leaves, apple cores, carrot tops, lettuce bottoms, etc., with the advice not to mix up the containers. One feeds them and the other, their nutrient-dense soil. Compost also helps the soil retain its moisture. It’s the nicest thing you can do for your garden.

Composting can divert as much as 30% of household waste away from the garbage can, so it makes me happy to reduce the waste and put it to such good use. He has a tumbler and dumps the fruit and plant-based ONLY kitchen waste in and gives the handle a few turns. With the sun’s added warmth it breaks down quickly into rich, dark soil for the garden.

No Meat or Seafood Scraps

Never add meat, chicken bones, or seafood scraps to the compost bin. Plant matter kitchen scraps, coffee grounds, tea, is all that is needed. There are inside small bins for purchase, but I reuse a large protein powder container with a lid. I’m also a fan of closed tumblers, for outside, so snoopy critters don’t visit to see what’s in an open compost pile.

How the Magic Happens

Microscopic organisms in compost help aerate the soil, break down organic material for plant use, and ward off plant disease. It’s also a natural alternative to chemical fertilizers when applied to lawns and garden beds.

The experts, (he, not I) strike a balance between the carbon and nitrogen ratio of the compost, with carbon carrying the mother load.

Seeing the dense, beautiful soil and the healthy, happy plants growing in them makes me happy to have contributed to their wellbeing and that of Mother Nature. Check out composting on your own or see if one of your neighbors would like to receive your composting discards.

It’s a win/win.

Stay enchanted!

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