Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dirt Salad

(File this one under "Eye of the Beholder")

Some people call it Black Gold. I like to think of it as Dirt Salad.

It's COMPOST, and it's a frugal gardener's dream.

All year long I feed my backyard compost heap, little by little, with vegetable and fruit peels, eggshells, coffee grounds (lots of coffee grounds!) tea bags, floor sweepings, dryer lint.*

I throw in a shovelful of soil, and a handful of dead leaves once in a while, and let it get rained on.  In the spring, I turn it over and dig into the center, where the earthworms live, and shovel out just enough rich, black, organic composted potting soil to fill my flower boxes- for free!

Just planted a few minutes ago. They'll perk up when they dig their roots into that Dirt Salad!

*To me, it's like recycling, only with "garbage."  I'm already recycling paper, plastic, glass, aluminum, etc.,  so this is one more category of stuff I can keep out of the trashcan.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


The most fun I've had in recent weeks was during the six days I was in  Dublin.  Walking around, talking with people, looking at things....

(It did not rain once!)