Midwinter Composting

We compost year round here on my little farm in town! All of our vegetable scraps and egg shells go into the covered stainless steel gallon pail under the sink and then out to the compost bins on the northside of my house.

In the fall, I save leaves (which unfortunately are frozen into a solid lump because I neglected to tarp them last fall.) I have a dear friend who saves some of her chicken manure for me. A feed sack of chicken doo is enough for one layer on my compost pile. Combined with my kitchen scraps, I have the perfect recipe for great soil.

But first I had to remove a foot of snow that had accumulated on top of my pile. I don’t cover my pile because I want the moisture to be there in layers in the spring.

I used the rest of the bags to fertilize my raspberries. There is enough winter left to break down the chickens’ very hot manure so that it will do the canes good rather than harm when they come out of dormancy. Begonia

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