September 7th, 2012
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…
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.
2 Oh, excellent! It holds all of the fruit and vegetable scraps. Before, we just had pails with no covers. These are much nicer.
3 Our chickens love eating these scraps. It helps them to lay really delicious eggs.
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.
5 Composting is a great way to make your own natural fertilizer for your garden.
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.
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.
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.
9 And, if you have really great compost, you can make a liquid fertilizer called compost tea! Potted plants really love it.
10 Say, I know that little morsel is headed for the chickens, but do you think I could have just a little nibble, first?
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