|My compost bin sits under a pine tree and is covered in sap and needles.|
My compost woes stem from this one fact: I don't have enough browns. Greens I have in abundance but as a healthy compost pile composition consists of three parts browns to one part greens, I need a lot of the one thing I don't have. Browns are the carbon additions to the pile such as dead leaves, twigs and debris. These can be supplemented with sawdust, cardboard and newspaper and I am working on creating a stock pile to use during the summer when my green additions are at their peak. I don't have a lot of woody perennial trees or shrubs on my property, plus several hurricanes in recent years took down two trees, leaving access to browns challenging. Last fall I had to use ten huge leaf bags acquired from my neighbors to mulch my beds for the winter.
|Worm food: apple core, tea bag, coffee, stale bread and ripped up egg carton - yum!|
|These are the worms when they first arrived: stressed, hungry and cold.|
|This is the system I chose called The Worm Factory.|
As I can use the vemiculture system all year round, I can continue to recycle my greens in the winter and create a reserve of compost to use in the spring.
I have high hopes for my plan. It would be nice to not be swearing over my compost pile this year!
Compost Green and Brown Ingredients with Graphics
Using fall leaves as mulch