Compost Is Gold!

We’re learning about compost this week (What We Learned Wednesday)! What kinds of systems are there and how much work is involved in each?

What I’ve Learned So Far

You could use a tumbler. You put your compostable scraps in and turn the handle a few times. I’ve heard they’re not too bad as far as work required, but they’re small, expensive, and look to me like they would overheat easily. However, if you only have a small space to work with then they might be the perfect match.

You could make a pile and use a stick turner. There are manual ones that you turn using your muscles and also ones that attach to drills.

If you have the space and time, you could just make a new pile each year and leave the previous ones to rot into whatever state you are happy with.

You could try using worms to do your composting in a worm bin. I haven’t yet been able to quite figure mine out; my worms die and I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. I think I might be keeping it too wet. I have an older model of the Worm Factory.

Me, I’m a lazy gardener. I do not want to spend time every week/month/year turning compost. I want the glorious bacteria and worms to make compost for me! I like lasagna gardening for this reason. You just make layers of compostable stuff directly on your garden, put a mulch layer on top to help retain water, and let it break down in place. Easy-peasy!

For making larger amounts to amend large areas, I think I like the idea of multiple piles that are turned less frequently, such as in this video:

Regardless of the method you choose, your plants are sure to reward you with healthier plants and higher yields! Do you use a method not discussed above? Let me know about it in the comments!

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