Two days in a row now the promised rain held off until late into the night giving me time to work in, and enjoy, the outdoors. I want to share something I did years ago that worked well for me in creating good soil.
Many years ago, when I first heard about making your own compost I didn’t have a lot of money to start my compost container. I learned you could put it directly on the ground.
That sounded perfect, no money needed. I found a spot easily accessible from my door and began to dump our food and other wastes. I would keep it covered with newspaper and/or grass clipping and in autumn our fallen leaves.
I was so excited that first year, I could hardly wait for winter to end so I could scoop up my home-grown compost and spread it through the gardens.
Imagine my disappointment when I couldn’t find a pile of compost. Instead what I found was the richest softest soil ever where I had worked to build my fertilizer.
Rather than digging up that amazing soil I planted some new strawberry plants, yes my family is obsessed with strawberries, those plants out performed any other spot I had worked in.
Starting a compost site has been tricky here. Management isn’t keen on allowing it, so what’s a girl supposed to do? Well, for the last couple of years I have hidden my compost pile.
Today I started another one. I dug up and cleared rocks and roots in a section of the newly tilled garden beds that I won’t be using this year.
Then I dig a trench in the freshly turned soil and dumped my food scraps in, mixed them with the soil and made sure they were hidden from sight.
I will keep digging and turning this section through summer, and most likely a couple more sections. Next spring I will begin my planting in these areas first. I will rotate my crops making sure to leave a few sections of this years garden empty to use as my compost bin, and the following year I will have rich, gorgeous soil that my plants will thrive in.
How did you build your site for compost?