Country Composting

We had an extended family trip to a rural country house.  One of the best things about living in the country is composting directly into the land. For those of you that live in the country and don’t want to commit to having a composter, you can bury your food waste so that it can put nutrients back into the earth. Even though it was less than 40 degrees outside, and in some days in the 20s, we were able to put our vegetable/coffee food waste directly into the earth with 5 minutes of time and a simple nursery spade. Here’s what we did.

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1. Dig a hole about 12″ deep x 18″ long x 12″ wide. This depth is necessary so that you can prevent rodents/varmints from being a nuisance and digging up the compost.

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2. This is about 4 days of food waste we collected in a bucket located in the garage. Dump food waste into the hole and chop up with nursery spade.

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3. Cover compost with dirt from hole and replace sod on top. Tamp down.

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4. We added dirt on top to fill in cracks and mark where we added compost so that we don’t dig it up again.

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Worms were active in the late fall/early winter. 🙂