Creating Compost Potting Soil from Garbage

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FOTOLIA/CELESTE CLOCHARD
This is a very easy and sanitary way to dispose of garbage, and I am able each year to save several dollars that I would otherwise spend on commercial fertilizers and potting soils. 

In our back yard near the trash burner I have what I call
my garbage disposal unit. It starts out being a hole in the
ground two by two by two feet. Near this hole I keep a
container of slack lime in a waterproof container. After
each meal all the leftovers, vegetable peels, lettuce
leaves, coffee grounds, tea bags, and even cigarette butts
are dumped in. On top of the garbage I toss about one cup
of lime and enough dirt to cover the fresh deposit.

Within two or three months, the garbage has completely
decomposed and turned into a good, loamy potting soil. I
then dip the hole clean, pile the dirt beside the hole to
allow it to sun and air sweeten and use the amount I need
for repotting. I use what’s left again to cover the fresh
garbage. Eventually the soil becomes too rich for some
plants, and it’s necessary to bring in a bucket or so of
new dirt for covering.

This is a very easy and sanitary way to dispose of garbage,
and I am able each year to save several dollars that I
would otherwise spend on commercial fertilizers and potting
soils.