Finished compost ready for sifting 

Finished compost ready to be sifted and used!

Ah, the sweet smell of spring is creeping in, finally here in Vermont. Garden planning seems to be at the forefront of our minds, where every seed packet that hits the store shelves or your local co-op calls you in with sweet whispers of “Grow me!” or “Hey, look at me I’m green, I’m purple grow me!”. But, that’s just where it starts.

These tiny seeds you start are tucked away in their little seed cells until they burst up with their set of true leaves, and soon following is the third and fourth set and, bam! You’ve got to get ready to put these little babies in to the garden. So you go out and realize you need some fresh compost to feed the not so little guys and gals. Instead of buying compost or using fossil fuels to have some delivered its best to use the microorganisms and bacteria right there under your feet. The most familiar to your garden, and your gut already.

Many people think composting is difficult, time consuming, labor intensive and not to mention the fact that everyone seems to think it takes years. It doesn’t. It can happen in as little as 3 months. It can have some labor involved in it, but I’d call it more of a labor of love than anything — I consider it exercise, actually. If you consider eating labor, then maybe. If you think taking care of your garden is labor, then I guess so. But really all it is is your kitchen/garden scraps, weeds, some brown material, and some water if the rain isn’t showing itself too much.

We will briefly review the basics of a compost heap, and then you can try your hand at it! Remember; you can’t mess it up! No matter what you do, how you do it, or what measurements of what you put in, you’re likely to get some decent compost by the end of it all!

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