Thursday, March 13, 2014

How to Compost Like a Leprechaun

Pretty soon the Irish, Irish descendants, and everyone who wishes they were Irish will be celebrating the “greenest” holiday of the year, St. Patrick’s Day. Before joining in the celebration, I decided to catch a leprechaun and forgoing the normal wishes, I instead asked him to give me three of his best composting tips. Take a gander at what the little man said:

1. Wear Green

If a three-piece green suit isn’t your style, consider showing your love of composting with one of our "I heart Compost" bumper magnets. Available at our upcoming compost seminars or by emailing me.

2. Store your “Gold” in a “Pot”

Using the right compost bin will keep your materials organized, keep the pile moist, and help the compost heat up.

3. Even Your Compost Likes Beer

Although unlikely to jump up and dance a jig, your compost heap could use your leftover and stale beer to speed up decomposition. The Irish even call Guinness “black stuff.” Coincidence? I think not.

I like to imagine that at end of my rainbow there is a beautiful finished pile of compost, freshly screened, just waiting to be used in my garden.
Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day and don’t forget to compost your shamrocks when it’s over. J

You composted me Lucky Charms.


  1. stale beer? leftover beer? how does that happen :)

  2. Never waste a Guinness.

  3. If you can use beer, does wine also work in the compost pile?

    1. Absolutely you can add wine, it's a fantastic source of nitrogen!

  4. We compost our grains from brewing beer at home...the pile loves it!