- Sep 4, 2009
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Compost piles are mounds of nutrient rich organic matter. Generally soil is mixed with compost to enrich it. Instead of doing this, I did an experiment this year with planting in compost itself.
If you keep meats and fats out of your pile, everything else Will decompose, like lettuce scraps, pieces of tomatoes, rotten fruit, etc.
By this time of year in my garden, I don't have time to babysit a compost pile, which means I don't have to move any piles, even WITH my lovely Kubota Compact tractor!
I need the tractor for mowing, and This weekend, I will be putting on the bush hogger.
Therefore, I create piles that may never be moved, or I may shovel here and there to use, here or there.
Any piles that I forget about turn into very rich soil after 2-3 years, yes, YEARS.
When I first gardened on this property, a 100+yo farm, the ground tilth had been leached out. I started plants in straight clay. After many years of using compost where I grow, I have rich dirt in all of them.