Friday, April 26, 2013
This is part 2 as I document our efforts to raise our own food.
In my first installment I mentioned that our soil is hard and not fertile so perhaps I should have expected a solution from my engineer DH as he seeks to be an organic gardener.
We’re surrounded by farms. I see piles of essentially the same stuff in every field. Can’t we get it free? Perhaps, but I would have to visit the farmer and shovel it myself. Shovel it into what? Even if I find suitable containers, then what? Put them in my car? We don’t drive a pickup. I don’t even like the smell when transporting my garbage to the dump (no trash pickup out here).
Speaking of smell, I’m now saving my kitchen garbage (egg shells, banana skins, potato peelings etc) and depositing them in a container on the deck.
The plan is to dump the contents periodically into this compost bin
DH made it following directions in “Organic Gardening.”
Right now it’s holding tree debris from our last storm.
Layering kitchen waste with yard waste is supposed to decompose into fertilizer for the garden. I’m not sure how long this is supposed to take.
So back to the immediate solution of manure. This certainly falls into the category of things I never expected to pay for.
I suppose it’s kind of like bottled water. I’m paying for the convenience. The water is my alternative to a bottle of some sugary drink when out and about. The manure is my alternative to commercial fertilizer or waiting for natural decomposition.
OK, we now own 240 lbs of manure. As long as I’m not the one to spread it around, I won’t even ask how much it cost.