After spending the majority of yesterday starting my compost pile. Yay!♥
Here’s a brief recap of day one in my attempt to compost in my backyard. While she♥ and Ace were trying to wall mount our flat screen, I chose to speed clean the house, catch up on laundry and dig out a composting pit. Well…almost dig out. I read that a good size pit for a household is 3x3x3. Cool. I can do that. Let me tell you that 3 feet is a lot deeper than it sounds. And thank you, West Homestead, for deciding to make both the front and back of my house a sheet of solid bricks. Apparently it used to be a sidewalk back in the mill days. History. Cool. Thanks for the hunchback.
So far this is the extent of my composting experience:I have a list of 163 things that can be composted taped to my kitchen wall. I have a bucket, which I will soon switch to a lidded container, in which I will be throwing my “scraps.” I dug a whole 3x3x3 in my backyard. I will be filling the hole with the the same soil that I just removed, sans rocks and parts of bricks. (For some reason, about 2 feet under my backyard is a sheet of solid bricks.) I will cover my composting pile with a tarp and hold it down with said bricks and assorted rocks I found while digging my pile. Since I don’t have a tarp yet, there’s obvi not a picture! After doing so, I will say a Hail Mary in hopes that the dogs will not get too curious. Every several weeks, I will rake my pile and let the worms do their job. (I have been assured that the worms will come and I will not have to purchase them.)
My neighbors are going to think I’m crazy because I spent all day digging a hole only to fill it back in and make it look almost exactly the same. Then again, in my neighborhood it takes a lot to make people think you’re strange.
This is what I ended up with:
Excuse the scribbles, apparently Picnik doesn’t like a straight line (or I’m too tired to find it). It don’t look like much now, and of course I won’t put anything in it before I get a tarp, but I’m pretty excited to see what those wormies can do!!
♥Wish me luck!!♥