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Direct Composting – Xericstyle…

It becomes more and more apparent to me when I am talking with friends about composting that they are not faithful in doing it because it is “hard”…it “attracts flies”…and the list goes on.  I have been direct composting for a couple of years now, and it is certainly xericstyle’s preferred method.  I find it to be super easy, and super fast…hence why it is my favorite way to do it!

This is how xericstyle does it…

My “pot of gold” looks rather cool on my counter-top, don’t cha think?  If you think it looks ugly, hide yours under the sink!

My little pot of gold gets filled daily with fruit and vegetable waste, paper towels (providing they have not been used with chemicals or to wipe up milk or meat spills), empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls, egg cartons, egg shells, coffee grounds, compostable paper plates, etc, etc…..

Dig a hole 8″ to 12 ” deep…

Dump in your worm food…give a little chop chop with your shovel…

And Voila!  Cover up your compost and mark your next spot with your shovel.

Now how easy is that?!?!?!

Lets all help to keep these things where they should be, and where they benefit Mother Earth and our gardens!  The thought of this going in a landfill makes my heart hurt!

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2 Comments

  1. Salma

    Hey how long should it “steep” before turning over the soil again??

    • It varies on the heat and rain. You can bring a big cup of water with you and when you are done covering the hole, pour it on top. I can not even believe how quick it can be. Last summer, without a word of a lie, I would go out within a week and there would be nothing left. It was as though the 100 plus degree temperatures incinerated it under ground. I don’t know if the worms and other dirt dwellers ate it in a jiffy, or if it did just cook under there. But nothing was left except beautiful soil and I have planted a flower or vegetable plant right on top of it with great results.

      I have also done this trench style composting around my vegetable plants with great success. You do have to be careful not to dig too close to your plants though, you don’t want to cause any root trauma. Hope this helps…

      Happy Composting! – xericstyle

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