So, we’ve been in the house almost a year (June 4) and I finally got around to building a compost pile! Let me just explain, I come from a long line of composters. Gran and Granpa have had one for decades…they use only compost for fertilizer- nothing chemical- and they still get fireflies in the summertime. That might also be why they grew 80+ lbs of sweet potatoes a couple years ago (and called the news, and were ON the local news in Dallas for this.) We Deilys had two large piles at my childhood home on Woodcroft Court, so it was only a matter of time…
Here’s the beauty of a compost pile. It’s cheap to build, easy to maintain, free fertilizer and good for your yard/environment.
Soil conditioner- with compost, you are creating rich humus for lawn and garden. This adds nutrients to your plants and helps retain moisture in the soil
Recycles kitchen and yard waste- composting can divert as much as 30% of household waste away from the garbage can.
Introduces beneficial organisms to the soil- microscopic organisms in compost help aerate the soil, break down organic material for plant use and ward off plant disease.
Good for the environment- composting offers a natural alternative to chemical fertilizers.
Reduces landfill waste- most landfills in North America are quickly filling up; many have already closed down. One-third of landfill waste is made up of compostable materials. (From eartheasy.com)
You can compost table scraps, fruit and veggie scraps, eggshells, leaves, grass clippings, dead plants, weeds, shrub prunings, pine needles, flowers, coffee grounds/filters, tea leaves, newspaper (not too much color ink or glossy paper,) cardboard, corn cobs, dryer lint, sawdust and wood chips!
Our compost pile cost only $16- I bought chicken wire that was 4’x10’ and four pieces of rebar that were 4’x3/8”. Our previous owner left this cute fence piece that I’ve been dying to use. I still have to attach the fence pieces together.
And, while I was in no-man’s-land behind our garage, I found this vine that makes these very cool Dr. Seussish flowers. I had no clue that was there.
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