Yesterday was hot and humid, but I managed to spend the 1-1/2 hours needed to get the job done. Thankfully, the compost pile gets turned at the same time killing two birds with one stone (am I breaking some vegan protocol by saying that?).
Anyway, contrary to my assumptions about composting when I first moved into our house 4 years ago, composting is so easy! As you can probably tell from the photo above, there are two spots in the yard reserved for compost, one beside the other. When I'm ready to turn the compost (or turn AND sift), I just pull up that fencing, move it to the second spot and start tossing all those decomposing goodies into the new fenced area.
Thanks to my hubby and his sifter-building skills, sifting is easy and doesn't take much more
time. Rather than tossing it directly from one pile into the next, I first toss the compost debris into the sifter a couple pitchfork scoops at a time, letting the readied soil fall through and dumping the larger debris into the fenced compost area. Easy cheesy!
Truly, the cool part of all this is that much of what's in this compost are plant and food scraps that were grown right here in our backyard garden. That means all those veggies we grew in our garden are now composted and again replenishing the beds with their nutrients - full circle, the way nature intended.
By the time I was done, I had about 3/4 of a wheelbarrow full of compost. Isn't that gorgeous soil? I was too exhausted yesterday to apply it to the beds right away, so I let the birds have their fill of the bugs crawling around in it. But today, you can bet I'll be giving our raised beds a very special treat.