A Lesson in Compost

Posted by F&S

Martha bought a couple of little covered pails for the kitchen and we, Frenchies, were wondering what they were for.  Taking off the lid revealed the answer and we got to thinking…

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Francesca!  Look at these nice white covered pails that Martha bought for the kitchen.  I'm going to remove the lid and see what's inside.

1 Francesca! Look at these nice white covered pails that Martha bought for the kitchen. I'm going to remove the lid and see what's inside.

Oh, excellent!  It holds all of the fruit and vegetable scraps.  Before, we just had pails with no covers.  These are much nicer.

2 Oh, excellent! It holds all of the fruit and vegetable scraps. Before, we just had pails with no covers. These are much nicer.

Our chickens love eating these scraps.  It helps them to lay really delicious eggs.

3 Our chickens love eating these scraps. It helps them to lay really delicious eggs.

But, Sharkey, for those out there who don't keep chickens, fruit and vegetable scraps can also be used to start a compost pile.

4 But, Sharkey, for those out there who don't keep chickens, fruit and vegetable scraps can also be used to start a compost pile.

Composting is a great way to make your own natural fertilizer for your garden.

5 Composting is a great way to make your own natural fertilizer for your garden.

This gray Toptex cover helps to cook the compost.  It also allows the compost to respirate - no water can get in, but it does allow moisture out.

6 This gray Toptex cover helps to cook the compost. It also allows the compost to respirate - no water can get in, but it does allow moisture out.

We're lucky, here at the farm, because we also have a manure pile and manure is fuel for cooking the compost.  When it's mixed into the compost, it helps to raise the temperature to 'cook' it.

7 We're lucky, here at the farm, because we also have a manure pile and manure is fuel for cooking the compost. When it's mixed into the compost, it helps to raise the temperature to 'cook' it.

Pee-you!  This sure stinks!  However, compost needs to cook to 131º in order to kill any weed seeds.  This is very important because no one wants to put weed seeds into their garden.

8 Pee-you! This sure stinks! However, compost needs to cook to 131º in order to kill any weed seeds. This is very important because no one wants to put weed seeds into their garden.

And, if you have really great compost, you can make a liquid fertilizer called compost tea!  Potted plants really love it.

9 And, if you have really great compost, you can make a liquid fertilizer called compost tea! Potted plants really love it.

Say, I know that little morsel is headed for the chickens, but do you think I could have just a little nibble, first?

10 Say, I know that little morsel is headed for the chickens, but do you think I could have just a little nibble, first?

Comments (10)

  • You know when I saw the title involving composting and the first photo is of you Sharkey with the pails I thought maybe MommyM needed your special Frenchie help... Anywhoo, I hope you all survived Irene this past weekend.

    Zoe, do you still have a new lake by your house? Hope it goes away soon. I hope everyone in the DW family on the East Coast made it through safely this weekend. :smile:

  • Martha Stewart just got press on Natasha Finkel's beauty/fashion/lifestyle blog in her latest blog post entitled, "Sex and the Kitty". http://natashafinkel.blogspot.com/2011/08/sex-and-kitty.html

    Martha said I should get in touch with the Daily Wag at the Chefs and Champagne gala this summer at Wolffer Estate in Sagaponack. Let's exchange blog links and favorite page status on Facebook! Natasha Finkel is the fashionista feline of the Persian persuasion...a budding supermodel in the pussycat world. Because the Fashion world can be a very catty place!

  • Good morning girls,
    Do you ever take a break? Busy, busy, busy. I hope everyone is safe and sound after that storm that we had. A big tree snapped and came down on the fancing that my mom had just put up so she has a mess to clean up but no one got hurt so that was good. I went back to read the previous post as I usually do to check and see if anyone gave a health report or anything like that after I left a comment. On the previous post, I noticed a Mrs. Bosley Chow Chow made a comment. I know a while back you guys were talking about her. I hope she will be back everyday. Just by your comments, she seems to have been a big part of this blog.
    Well, the sun is out and it is nice and cool this morning so I am headed outside.
    Later,
    Maddox

  • Good Morning F & S

    And a good morning it is - Irene is outta here :)

    What a crazy 3 days! Mom and Dad removed all the furniture off the deck and turned all the tables upside down and anything that could blow was put in the back woods along the fence. Then we waited but we didn't have to wait too long it started to rain on Saturday morning and didn't stop until Sunday afternoon. We lost power 8:00 Saturday night and it came back on Sunday around 9 am - boy was I scared. Then when I woke up on Sunday morning I thought we moved - we had a lake on both sides of our house I was ready to go get my fishing pole!

    Mom said we are lucky no one was hurt and no serious damage. Dad is upset his big Willow Tree is now laying on our fence and hanging into the pool filter. I think it looks like a war zone there are so many tree branches and sticks it's going to take days to clean up. Mom is going to work so Dad and I will start the clean up job.

    F & S I hope you are okay I was watching the news and Irene was headed your way.

    I hope this is it for bad weather, first a major hail storm, earthquake and then this hurricane. Mother Nature enough already!!!!

    Zoe

  • Hello Ladies,
    I love that you all compost. My Dad made us a big barrel that turns and Mom takes special stuff out daily. Your chickens are really lucky to get that good stuff. I remember that Mama Martha collects pumpkin for them in the fall. I have been soooo worried about all my Daily Wag friends and this horrible Irene the past weekend. I know power is out everywhere but try to let us know how you are doing.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., I'll bet you checked out the compost pile at the farm before hurricane Irene came your way as tropical storm Irene. My Mom and I have been so worried about how much wind and rain you had there at the farm. We watched MSNBC all weekend and it was pretty scary to see how horrible this storm was all along the East Coast. We are still praying that EVERYONE is safe and we can't wait to see a new blog post about the results at the farm, at Lily Pond, and at Skylands. We sure hope Martha is OK and look forward to her blog post today ASAP. Sure hope all of you wonderful friends are safe and that you have a better day today! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+ PS-My Mom sure hopes to see Martha on the Today Show and hear her on Sirius Radio 110 today, also.

  • Hi Girls!
    Thanks for the lesson on composting. I kind of dig smelly stuff. I love it when Papa brings home what Mimi calls "black gold" for the flower beds. I have a feeling it is not a "sweet" as real compost.
    Glad to see you posted today. We were watching reports on the TV and thinking about my out East pals. I'm not feeling to hot. I didn't eat my breakfast yesterday & slept a lot. Mimi's keeping a close eye on me cause she hasn't seen me do my "business" since yesterday morning.
    Nap time now...til tomorrow
    Rebel

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    I’m late today and I don’t see many post yet. Guess that everyone is busy trying to clean up after the storm. A friend of mine, a little “hot dog” kind of dog, lives in Virginia where it rained 10 inches. He’s all right but does he have some water, more than just a little pond Zoe. Mommy and Daddy had to take the car in for a repair this morning. They did find something wrong and are trying to fix it by doing one thing at a time. Daddy doesn’t believe in the “shotgun” approach of fixing things. We’ll see how it does for a couple of days.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • ..hi everybody..glad to hear my east coast buddies are safe and sound..we had some huge blows here last winter so I know it can be really scary. My people, Lucinda and James do a lot of gardening here at the ranch/farm so we know about composting..mini-goat droppings make a great tea and rabbit droppings a good tea for plants...Rototiller is back in Nevada..miss him..but I have a new project..the red setters arcoss the river wear shock collars..and I am waiting for them to come over so I can remove them..Lucinda says I can"t but think the owner is aan a--hole for shocking my pals!!later..cora-belle

  • Ooops, I'm late, forgot it was Monday! this is what happens when you retire...

    I wish I could have a compost pile here, I use to have one in California and Missouri...it was great for growing mushrooms....it once caught on fire from getting too hot, that was the Horse manure pile...good thing I was there that day.

    Well..."une autre leçon de jardinage grand pour Francesca et Sharkey"

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