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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
- Goose. Does anyone actually serve Christmas goose? (Yuck.) No meat or bones should ever be put into your backyard compost.
- Eggnog. Drink it all up because dairy does not belong in your compost pile.
- Candy canes. Too much sugar is a bad thing. For you and your compost. Some candy can be composted but I would recommend burying in the pile and removing wrappers, of course.
- Gingerbread houses. See above.
- Figgy pudding – Don’t bring it right here.
- Wrapping Paper. If the paper is sparkly, shiny, or otherwise embellished, leave it out of your compost bin. Simple, old-fashioned, wrapping paper is fine for your compost bin or your recycling cart.
- Chestnuts. Whether roasted on an open fire or not, nuts can be composted.
- Carrots. Shame on Rudolph for not finishing his snack! That uneaten portion of a carrot can go in your compost bin.
- Popcorn. You can pop any popcorn leftover from tree trimming into your compost bin.
- Cookies. If Santa doesn't eat all of the goodies left for him on Christmas Eve, you can compost cookies too.
- Sugar plums. Let them dance their way into your compost pile as long as they are more plum than sugar. Some sugar added to your compost pile will increase the population of helpful bacteria and speed up decomposition.
- Mistletoe. After the kissing has commenced, mistletoe adds nitrogen to your compost pile.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
1. Give Away — Packaging up leftovers to send home with your guests is far better than composting. I recommend asking guests to bring their own containers or send leftovers home with guests in clean butter tubs or old take out containers.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
With some captions, of course.
|The first stab with a pitchfork.|
|All unfinished compost came off the top and into this container.|
|The finished compost goes onto a compost screen over my wheelbarrow.|
|I use my hands to push it over the screen so I do not guillotine any worms.|
|Next, I pulled the bin up off the pile to expose the really good bottom compost.|
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
1. Follow the Spell Recipe with Care.
A good witch knows what disaster an extra “eye of newt” can bring just as any good composter knows too many food scraps or not enough water can lead to an unbalanced pile.
2. Don’t be Afraid to Add the Gross Stuff.
Slippery black banana peels, slimy carrots, rotten potatoes; composters know this stuff is compost gold. And, hey, at least you don’t have to add “wool of bat” or “poison’d entrails.” Compost witches have it easy.
3. Communing with Nature Creates Magic.
Sometimes the best place to clear your head is with a pitchfork in hand out in your backyard. Witches understand the power of nature too whether dancing around a bubbly cauldron in the woods or flying over treetops on a broomstick.
Here’s my compost remake of Shakespeare’s witch scene from Macbeth…
Carrot, that in fridge unknown,
Days and nights has thirty-one;
Rotten flesh of apple therein,
Decay thou first i’ my charmed bin!
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