The Compost Pile

If you are interested in taking a workshop about composting — keep an eye on CCAT’s website, the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology offers lots of workshops about a variety of topics and periodically has composting workshops.

I have to admit…I have an unnatural relationship with my compost pile…it’s kind of like having another pet.  I feed it, talk to it — and spend an inordinate amount of time chopping garden waste into small pieces for it.  If you have a compost pile I’m sure you know what I mean…if you don’t — you should!  It is certainly a cost effective way to prove you are a bit of an eccentric — you might find yourself making rounds gathering coffee grounds and other items from friends, neighbors, and complete strangers…

 
 

 

my job...cutting up the fava bean stalks to feed George, the compost pile.

my job...cutting up the fava bean stalks to feed George, the compost pile.

 

And then there is the bucket of pods after we shell the beans...hope you're hungry George!

And then there is the bucket of pods after we shell the beans...hope you're hungry George!

The compost pile and my station where I sat chopping bean stalks and talking to George...see?  Eccentric!

The compost pile and my station where I sat chopping bean stalks and talking to George...see? Eccentric!

One of the things I learned from Eddie Tanner’s Organic Gardening class is that if I want it to break down fast I should turn it more often.  Sometimes I feel like I’m disturbing all the worm action and that I should just leave them alone — but now…I’m turning it once a week to get all this good stuff broken down.  I also have a great chicken manure connection — composting is an addiction…but a pretty harmless one.  I suggest you try it!