COMPOSTING PLUS

“It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be.  I hope you live a life that you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you find the strength to start over.”  F. Scott Fitzgerald

Whoa!  Long quote, but it is so appropriate in a number of ways.

First, regular composting.  For years I tried, unsuccessfully,  to maintain compost bins.  Because… I just couldn’t see throwing all that great vegetable waste, peels and cores for instance, in the trash.  (Note:  You have to eat fresh fruits and veggies to have veggie waste.)

However, the compost bins were beyond my attention span.  Then a nice Master Gardener told me that there’s a easier way.  Simply bury the veggie waste directly in the garden, which in my case, is flower beds.  It looks like this –

compost 1

Pre burial.

Make sure there’s only veggie waste.  Mammal waste attracts critters.  In this batch there’s lettuce, tomato, and onion peels.  My Hosta says, “Thank you, Grandma Pat.”

And then there are the surprises.  If you bury seeds, such as mellon or squash or tomato seeds, you sometimes get this –

compost 2

The little darlings are sprouting.  At this point you can make a decision to turn over the ground and re-bury the sprouts, or let them grow and see what they are.  I love surprises!  The buried matter becomes part of the soil quite quickly.

And then, you could also, more directly, be part of composting.  I recently heard about green burials.  That would be for people.  It’s an eco friendly way to handle (how do I put this gently) remains.  No embalming, cremation, cement vaults in the ground, or metal caskets.  Only biodegradable boxes and/or simple linen wraps are used.

A body  becomes part of the surroundings, generally a beautiful wooded area, in an intimate way.  And all the trees and plants will say, “Thank you!”

Loveya – The Grandma

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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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