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 (12)

  • Good morning everyone,
    My namne is Maddox and I am back. hehehehehehehe
    I went through all the previous posts that I really didn't get a chance to read properly and I read each and every comment. So, here goes:
    I see that everyone left Maine and is back in Bedford. Maine is so beautiful. I can't wait for you to go back there but I know you had chores to take care of at the farm. I don't know if I would like Compost Tea but I know Karen would enjoy the mushrooms.
    Zoe, I am so very happy for your dad. It sounds as though the operation was a big success and you have been a fantastic care giver. Kudos to you.
    Lynn, you are always busy with your crafts and things but I didn't know you grow orchids too. You are one busy woman.
    Rebel, my little buddy. I was wondering how your mimi made out at the National Corn Festival or did it get shut down due to the weather?
    Kirby, I never heard of a sweet gum tree. But, it sounds as though you better wear a helmet when you are near it. hehehehehehe
    Abby, your mom went to Mass. and is back already and I just found out. I hope she had a great trip. And tell James Byron Dean we thank him for filling us in with the info while you were gone. Give your grandpa big kisses because his team lost.
    Dudley, I was thinking. You said you have lots of mushrooms in your yard. You ought to invite the neighborhood kids over for a practice snow ball fight but use the mushrooms. They won't hurt each other and they will get them out of your yard for you. hehehehehe
    Baby Favor, I am very sorry that you lost your best friend Demi. We have Basil Warrior Prince waiting at the rainbow bridge along with some of our other very special DW friends so it will be alright.
    Missy Chow, chows can range in weight from in the 40's to the 90's as far as weight. It all depends on your family history. We here at Karen's place average about 60-70 pounds. So if you come here, you can gain more weight. hehehehehehe
    Sonya, Gail, Pam, it was good to see your posts. Delia, what the heck are you doing in France and who is in charge of Kitty?
    I see we had a couple newbies post. As for Eleanor Ferrar, I am not being rude but Martha is a member of the Glue Squad. We don't pick on our Glue Squad members. She was just saying one way to find out about the different breeds. She did not say, you must go to a pet store and you must not go to a rescue place. She just gave one option of trying to go about finding out about the different breeds.
    Cora-Belle, I am sorry you have a big old fatty tumor. How big is it? Maybe James and Lucinda can paint it to look like a little pumpkin head for Halloween. That would be awesome. hehehehehehe How did James make out with his tests? I did pick a flower for Karen but then I took a nap and when I woke up it was under me and it looked like it should go on the compost pile. So, I gave her a big kiss from you. If Lucinda sees how much you like her cashmere robe, she might pull out your cashmere vest. Be very careful girlfriend. hehehehehehe Oh, and see if your vet has a laser therapy machine. That would be really helpful with your limping.
    Well Glue Squad, I am so glad things are back to normal here and I can do my own thing again. Sorry this is so long but I had a lot to catch up on. And again, THANK YOU to each and every one of you who showed your concern and support for Karen. You guys are the best, the best in the whole darn planet.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hi Francesca, Sharkey, GK and all the Glue Squad members,
    I can't thank you enough for your well wishes while I was in the hospital. I don't know what happened but in one day I went down fast and had to be taken to the hospital in the ambulance. They seem to think it was some kind of a really nasty virus. And then on top of it I got a bacterial infection in my leg when I was in the hospital and had to stay longer cause it was not getting better. But, they changed my medicine and then it started to turn around so then I could go home. I got flowers, beautiful cards, emails, FaceBook messages, texts, phone calls, the whole works. When something like that happens and you don't know why, it can be scarey but you all made me feel so warm and loved and I can't thank you enough for that. It took me a couple days to bounce back after I came home but everything is back to normal again.
    I can't express enough how grateful I am to you girls, Franny and Sharkey for having the DW blog and to everyone who posts on it. We all have immediate families and I consider the Glue Squad an extension of my immediate family. You are just the best.
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your love.
    Your friend,
    Karen
    PS - I hope you are ready, but now that things are back to normal Maddox will probably go back to doing a lot of thinking. Look out, just giving you all the heads up. You know him when he starts thinking.
    And as he would say, hehehehehehehehe.

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Well the weekend is upon us again. That was a short week. It’s good to see Maddox back showing his good form. He tries to include everyone in his postings. The sweet gum tree is a big tree which has these little balls on it. They are a little smaller than a golf ball and have sharp spikes all around them. The balls are full of seeds. I guess the spikes are to catch in animals hair and move the seeds to other locations. Now how did these trees think of that? Anyway, there is one in my back yard and the neighbor has one too. The balls start falling in the fall and sometimes last until spring. Hope this helps you Maddox; now to rest my brain. Have a good, and safe, weekend all.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Good Morning F & S

    So Franny did you get a little taste before it went to the chickens? T-Bone and Sophie would have just helped themselves to the scraps right off the counter, they get in trouble for that all the time.

    Well it looks like the rain has finally moved out down here in South Jersey. It rained most of the week! I'm ready for some sunshine out on my lounge chair this weekend. Mom has no plans so I'll be getting lots of Zoe time :) Dad is doing much better thank you all for your good wishes. He has a really nasty cut down his neck maybe he'll be Frankenstien for Halloween ;)

    Have a great weekend everyone - be safe!!!

    Love Zoe

  • Good morning ladies,
    Oh, Frannie, you are so silly sometimes. You know, I hang out in the kitchen waiting for a nibble, but all I ever get are vegetables or a slippery ice cube heading down my way. Not for this guy. Mimi actually tried to make me eat spinach! I want meat....LOL
    Hey there Maddox! Glad Karen's home. I bet you are too. I missed the report on Zoe's Dad. Sure am happy he got through it a.o.k.
    The National Sweetcorn Festival was a rain out for Mimi & Papa. This weekend they'll be heading to Arcola, IL for the Broomcorn Festival. They tell me it's lots of fun. Homemade brooms, lots of food and music. Arcola is the home of Raggedy Ann & Andy. There is a nice little museum honoring them.
    I'll check in later to read the posts.
    Have a great day everybody.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Oh dear let's hope the 'pee you' pile is far from the main house! :)

    Do you add a bit of lemon to that compost tea! :)

    Have a super weekend....
    gail

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, You girls sure do have fun at the Bedford farm and this time learning about how to make great compost is fabulous! How nice that Martha bought those new plastic, lidded containers for putting fruit and veggie scraps to give to the chickens! Sure would like some of those delicious eggs they produce! You girls look so cute in these photos! Hope you have a wonderful weekend coming up! Well Maddox, you finally did what you promised and gave us a wonderful, lengthy comment today and I love every bit of it and I agree with the terrific answers you gave to each of us Glue Squaders! So happy that you are back to normal! Karen, I am so happy that you are finally feeling much better and I'm sending you another big hug! Sure hope you continue to feel normal! Lynn, sure hope your migrane has gone away and that you are feeling much better! Abby and Zoe, we haven't had any rain for at least 48 days and that's unusual here near Seattle! Kirby, thanks for the information about the sweet gum trees-fascinating! Will be back later to check the rest of your comments! Sure hope all of you great buddies have a super weekend and Cora-Belle hope your weather is just like ours-dry with rain maybe coming back on Sunday and/or Monday! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hello Franny, Sharkey, Maddox, Lynn, Parisian traveler Delia, and my glue squad buddies-
    Wow- these are the days I love just relaxing and reading The daily Wag posts from my friends and the informative, fun adventures of Franny and Sharkey. that is really nice that the chickens get a healthy vegggie treat. I have never seen a compost tea maker. very interesting stuff. What treat did you want Franny? I love seeing you both running around the farm.
    Dudley, no rain in Seattle? Mom says you are not that far from Prefontaine country, her hero runner- Steve Prefontaine's area. Zoe, so glad you are enjoying the sun in Jersey and that your Dad is doing better. Kirby, thanks for telling us about the spikey sweet gum balls. Lynn, hope your headache is long gone and we send you hugs and fun craft times.
    Rebel, what a great post- we will look up Arcola, IL in the book. Mom said the Raggedy Ann dolls had a special heart when she was little right on the cloth.
    Maddox, welcome back!! Glad you will be thinking and pondering life,we loved your comments. Karen, feel better soon and know we are sending you hugs and barks. James dean is sprawled out asleep on the window sill dreaming of Kitty. I am getting ready to go to the dog park!! Love you all- Abby

  • ..wow..what great posts from everyone..I enjoyed reading each and every one..I love all you glue squaders (people included!)...we don't do compost..but throw scraps out for our naughty little coon buddies..since we live away from people they only bug us pawing around in the pile..plus I can sneak out and bark at them at night..but usually they just stand there and look at me..though a baby tried to act tough the other night...we are off for a ride (we can drive on the beach..it is cool to drive right next to the water) and have maple bars and a mocha..so I better get my leash and gallon of water...over and out, love, Cora-Belle p.s...everybody have a great week-end..hiding my stuffed porcupine just in case those dumb chiweenies come by..seems they spend more time here than at their house, which is okay as long they don't eat all my Warrior Prince cookies!!

  • You two never fail to amaze me with your knowledge of all things on the farm and how you so generously share that with us all. I have been very busy trying to build a particular type of multimedia style database (Slightly inaccurate, can't reveal exactly what it is yet!) for my business and I've run into some problems which is why I haven't been around as much.

    Thank you Maddox for the detailed report on what everyone is up to. Baby Favor I'm very sorry for the loss of your sweet friend Demi. Warrior Prince Basil who is the Ambassador at the Rainbow Bridge is making sure she is settling in and meeting new friends. Zoe I'm so happy that your Dad is recovering nicely. Cora-Belle what's this about a tumor? Kirby Bear I hope your tail is better.

    Lynn take care of that migraine. Karen glad you are getting better. Chloe, Delia, Rebel, Abby, Missy Chow, Dudley, Malcom, all of the Glue Squadders here at the DW take care and have a great weekend everyone! :smile:

  • Hi all,
    It is just do good to be back on track again.
    You just don't realize how things can change so quickly when someone gets sick
    Anyway, Kirby, those Sweet Gum nuts sound like they are attack nuts. If you need. A helmet let me know. I will send Karen's down to you so you don't get hurt by them
    Have a great weekend everyone. Karen must be feeling real good cause she is headed to a dog show this morning. Good for her
    Love ya,
    Maddox

  • Hello my Glue Squad friends at DW!

    Maddox, I'm still in a brain fog, but am glad to be back to the USA...we took a River Cruise starting in Prague catching the ship in Nuremberg then ending our trip in Paris.

    Will post more soon, I'm not capable of thinking straight, just too tired.

    Kitty is so happy we are home, she won't leave us alone... my sis took good care of Kitty.

    Baby Favor, sorry to hear about your the loss of your best friend Demi. James Dean how sweet you dream about me ;-)

    Lynn maybe drinking a lot of water will help your migraines.

    glad to be back :-)

    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

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