Free compost

DSCN0992.jpgAutumn leaves are like a big load of free organic fertilizer. I hire a fellow to chop up and bag our leaves each fall, dump them in the garden, and I spread them out like a winter coat . Underneath, come spring, the soil will be black, rich, with too many wriggler worms to count. While you take a nap or cook blueberry pancakes, the worms will multiply, aerate your soil, fertilize it with their castings and leave free compost for you. Our kitchen swill we keep separately in a bin because it seems … well, more dignified.

About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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1 Response to Free compost

  1. Bonnie C. says:

    Lovely compost! These days I can’t use kitchen leavings of any kind in my compost pile thanks to our currently being on our local Yogi’s (black bear) route. Even our Fort Knox trash cans have been trashed, so now during spring/summer/fall, we just make twice-weekly trips to the dump with our kitchen trash. Pain in the a**, but much less so than having to pick up scattered trash & replace expensive trash cans.

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