More “compostales” from entries to our composting contest:
Gloria Overton of Cedar Rapids
My family loves to compost! We got started about 10 years ago when the previous homeowner left boards with notches cut in the ends. We decided it was a compost bin and assembled it. We have used that bin ever since. We compost our fruit and vegetable scraps like apple cores, banana peels, cornhusks, and our shredded paper. Our biggest surprise was diced melon rinds decompose in less than one week. We also add coffee grounds, tea bags and yard debris. Now it is filled to the top with tree leaves.
We love to compost because it makes wonderful dirt and is so relaxing. You can always move the compost around to make it break down more quickly. We are also very pleased with the quality compost it makes. Wow does grass seed ever germinate when they are planted in compost! My container garden is entirely planted in compost. The remaining compost goes into the garden or lawn. When you plant something in compost, it is like planting it in dirt on steroids!
and Eliza and Henry and Greta and Ben of Marion
We love compost! We are beginner gardeners and compost is saving our sorry vegetable garden. This year we started adding egg shells and this year is the first that we haven’t had a problem with blossom end rot on our tomatoes. Compost is our friend that seems to cover our inexperienced missteps and is turning our sad, hard clay into a fruitful, lush source of organic produce for our family. And digging the compost into the soil is a great job for little diggers. Kids love it and really love the worms that love it too! We only wish we had more (oh yeah, and some horse manure too). Yeah for compost!
Lauren Overton of Cedar Rapids
When I compost I feel like I’m in a fun contest. I judge myself on how much I’m putting into the compost pile, how well I’m turning it, how often I’m turning it, and evaluate how good the soil is as a whole. The more variety of ingredients I put into the compost pile, the better the compost. I like that I have a ready supply of rich compost full of nutrients, rather than needing to buy packaged soil.
Our “green” ingredients are: coffee grounds and filters, vegetable scraps, grass clippings, banana peels, apple cores, and the like. Our “brown” ingredients are shredded paper and fallen leaves. I use my turning fork to mix the green and brown ingredients.
We have one compost bin made of wood. My family has been composting for ten years. Now I am 15 years old and I do a lot of the composting for my family. I love the process of making compost. I love the feel of the soil and being able to use it in my garden.
Jackie Meier of Robins
My family has been composting for many years. I learned from my mother that the outdoors is self contained if we just keep recycling. She has her compost right next to her garden and keeps it full.
It is such a reward to know you can create your own soil for growing plants.
Our backyard is full of many kinds of perinials and annual plants that go through the seasons along with clippings from mowing the grass, to leaves falling from the trees.
We keep a bucket just outside our patio door for all our vegetable and fruit peelings. It’s always fun to see how the seeds will sprout in the spring in the compost pile to produce a cucumber or tomato plant.
We have filled many of our landscaping projects with the compost we create. It is such a reward to be able to keep all the environment in it’s correct place, WHERE IT ORIGINATED FROM!!!
We not only keep compost processing but also all recyclable items.
We do allot of traveling and will keep all recyclables with us until we return to process them correctly.
God gave us one earth and it is up to each of us to nurture it and keep it alive and healthy, just like we do raising our children, we need to care for our special planet.
Thanks to all who enteredJ