Compost Here and There: How easy can it get?

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Compost Here and There

By rebeccag
August 14, 2011

You can "spot compost" if you do not want to deal with a compost area. Just take your potato peelings, coffee grounds, etc, dig a small hole with a shovel, stick them in, then cover them. They will compost nicely and you will have no mess or flies.

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valleylynn
Aug 13, 2011 6:09 PM CST
I love this tip. I used to do this many years ago. Not sure when/why I quit. Now I will go back to doing it. Thank you so much for the wake up call Shelly. : )
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Boopaints
Aug 13, 2011 6:25 PM CST
I agree Thanks Rebecca for a good tip. I've never done this with anything but coffee grounds.

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Aguane
Aug 13, 2011 7:10 PM CST
This how I compost. It works fine. The consistent issue I've had with composting in this manner is that the nearby tree roots are very intelligent and find their way very quickly to the pile. They "know" the nutrients are located there. Happens every time for me. Once I located my in-ground compost pile away from known trees. STILL the roots found their way to the pile.
Sure is easy though!
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Aug 13, 2011 8:45 PM CST
Bet you have worms in all your flower beds too Rebecca! Thumbs up
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mcash70
Aug 13, 2011 10:27 PM CST
If I did that here I would have bears in mine!! Hilarious!
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Shelly
Aug 13, 2011 10:34 PM CST
After I took the picture, I of course left the goodies there. Big Grin

I (sort of) hate to admit I hadn't tried this type of composting before. I'm not too sure why. Whistling But now I am ready to "take on" this type of composting. Thank you for the tip Rebecca!
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Sharon
Aug 14, 2011 12:24 AM CST
Great tip, Rebecca. My roses love this.
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Aug 14, 2011 12:34 AM CST
I think the roses like a banana peel every now and then... my momma told me.
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Sharon
Aug 14, 2011 1:23 AM CST
Yep, they get that too, Susie. Well fed roses.
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Aug 14, 2011 3:35 AM CST
Roses love the banana peels, egg shells, and coffee grounds Thumbs up
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Aug 14, 2011 5:41 AM CST
Fabby tip rebeccag Thumbs up
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gingin
Aug 14, 2011 11:17 AM CST
When I make salad I always have at least two sets of doggie eyeballs begging...what they don't get I toss in the yard for the critters. And last night I discovered that Onyx (lab/chow mix) likes orange peels! So as much as I'd like to compost, I'd probably end up with a riot on my hands Rolling on the floor laughing
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rebeccag
Aug 14, 2011 1:02 PM CST
My uncle gets all the fish debris from the local fish place. He puts it in a ditch and its not covered. My daughters dog gets into it and she gets a bath, he also has his own set of pet vultures. I am so glad I do not live close to him, he is 87 so the nieghbors just let him do what he does.

I do the spot compost but when my garden is full, its hard to find a spot. So sometimes I just do a narrow trench around the edges. I do have a lot of worms because I get all the coffee grounds from the big bookstore/coffee shop we have. I get 6 full bags a week, more if its a holiday and I spread it everywhere. Sometimes I just put a thin layer of coffee on the grass and the next day its bright green. Coffee has a lot of nitrogen in it. I like my worms to be full of coffee and work long, hard hours, from the caffiene buzz.
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Sharon
Aug 14, 2011 1:56 PM CST
Becca, would you show us that heather picture here? It is unbelievable. Do your heathers like eggshells and coffee grounds too?
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Shelly
Aug 14, 2011 2:11 PM CST
rebeccag said: I like my worms to be full of coffee and work long, hard hours, from the caffiene buzz.


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Gymgirl
Aug 14, 2011 3:45 PM CST
Just make sure your hole is deep enough that when you cover your scraps no smells are seeping out, or you WILL have animals digging it up...
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rebeccag
Aug 14, 2011 4:35 PM CST
Wasn't sure which one you liked Sharon. Heather loves the coffee. They do not take fertilizer so I just top dress with a compost and bark. I used bark here to dress it up for the show, but usually I just mix mushroom compost or a bagged compost with coffee grounds, about half and half. I haven't really used eggshells, I mostly use coffee now. I spot compost in the winter when I am not so busy. I have not had any creatures dig in it but do have skunks that like to dig around my birdfeeders for sunflower seeds and whatever else they are looking for.
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Sharon
Aug 14, 2011 4:54 PM CST
Doesn't matter, Becca. They are all just amazingly beautiful to me.
Thank you.

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rebeccag
Aug 14, 2011 4:58 PM CST
My garden is not done the correct way. The rule is that you put heather in 3, 5 or 7 of each type. I like to break rules but the experts call my type of garden a "polka dot" effect. Now what is wrong with polka dots, I say?
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Sharon
Aug 14, 2011 5:03 PM CST
Love those polka dots, Becca.
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