Thursday, July 25, 2013
This spring/summer we got to use our first real batch of compost in the garden. I was so excited to dress all of our flowers and new plantings with this "black gold"! However, I've had a lot of "volunteer" plants come up, mostly tomato but a few flowers too. I'm thinking this means that the compost doesn't get hot enough to kill off the seeds. I've known this was an issue (our compost is just a pile, it's not in an enclosed bin) but wasn't sure how much of an issue it was. We've loved keeping a compost pile. It makes us feel as if we don't have a lot of food waste and like we are doing something good for our yard at the same time. However, I should mention we are lazy composters. I don't pay a bit of attention to the scientific percentages of nitrogen and carbon, and I 'm wondering if I need to start. Anyone out there have any bits of advice?