I’ve been meaning to write about my compost but the pictures never turn out good enough. It’s probably because the area becomes rank and neglected this time of year. Here are some bad ones anyway.

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Here is the long pile in the process of growing. We pile just about anything organic on in random layers. Like: kitchen waste, garden waste, leaves and twigs, non-invasive weeds, green manure, animal manure, black dirt, and a little of the likes of rock powder, seaweed, bone meal etc.

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I have a two year system of composting. This one is in its second year. It will be turned over for airation soon and then put out onto the gardens in the spring. I have the two year system so that I don’t have to turn it over all the time (speading it up).

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This also means it can become neglected. As you can see in the pictures, pumpkins, potatoes, flowers and weeds grow from seeds that have survived and can take over during the summer. Some can be eaten the rest goes into the next compost. The fall turnover takes place after the frost kills off these plants.

The main ingredients of the compost are leaves, corn and pumpkin plants with manure or black dirt to balance it off. After two years it becomes a course loamy compost presumably rich in nutrients but appreciated mainly for it’s soil improvement qualities.