Thursday, February 5, 2009

Remedial Composting 095

Let us, just for a moment, forget that it has been in the 20's down here in Tennessee for the past few days. Pretend that nitrogen is infusing all those weeds and unidentifiable green things known as "forbs" with power so that they take over the lawn. Let's ask a few random questions about composting.

1. If the toddler/preschooler throws a 2mm-thick fruit leather down because "it's too sticky!", and it becomes stuck with dog hairs that have been on the kitchen floor for awhile (quite a long time), will this piece of fruit leather then proceed to decompose in the compost pile?

2. What about peanut butter? Or will my dog get to it first?

3. Macaroni and cheese? Does the expensive organic kind break down faster?

4. A pumpkin from last Halloween? Or should I just keep rolling it around the pile in hopes that a raccoon will eventually carry it off?

5. Chex Mix? Does anyone think that the powdered cheese that's stuck on there will affect this process adversely?

6. Bills, if they are finely shredded?


walk2write said...

I've not taken any MG classes, and I'm too lazy to compost faithfully, so I don't feel qualified to answer. You should probably consult Weeping Sore. I seem to remember some wry comments in a post about this topic (master composting). Here is the link:

I am pretty sure that shredded bills have a way of coming back to haunt you.

C. Moonflower said...

Thanks for the link! I will definitely check it out. I think it will be interesting to see if anything comes out of my attempt at composting. I've learned that you don't need to turn it everyday, but to get anything worthwhile it will then take a year vs. a month or two. Anyways, I find it much more fun to contemplate what I CAN'T throw in my compost pile rather than what I'm supposed to be putting in there!

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