|Happy compost pile|
The end of our back yard is woodded and overgrown. Not necessarily the most ligocial or convenient place to put a compost pile. My dad's compost pile was always in the sun, so it surprised me that one in the shade would work at all. But it was away from the house, wouldn't be an eye sore for the neighbors and I hauled the used shavings out there only once a week, so it proved to be a good location. I discovered the shade keeps the pile moist, which helps with the decomposition.
I'm not particularly diligent about my compost pile. My aim was just to stop bagging it on the curb. I turn it a few times in the warmer months because I read that this would make it rot faster. Beyond that, I just let it sit. It's not that I'm anxious to get finished compost; I don't want it to grow too big. I added quite a bit to it over the winter. So far, so good. The pile no longer seems to be growing, so it must be decaying about the same rate I'm adding to it. Perfect!
|Three peas and a bean plant?|
As I worked on the compost pile, I was pleased to find the middle was warm, becoming black and had lots of worms. The signs of a happy compost pile!