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Composting Madness

This is the story of our first year as composters, and how we obsessed over our compost heap named Marjorie. She was named so after the trash heap in Fraggle Rock, and even took on her own personality through the course of the season.
We compost everything and anything around here, including our junk mail! What better way to get rid of sensitive information than to let it rot and toss it in the garden? We also get creative with combining composting with raising chickens by letting our birds into the bin once in awhile to stir up the contents for us. They're happy for the chance to eat all the delicious bugs, and we're happy we don't have to do the dirty work of stirring it up ourselves!
Come along and read about our failures and successes as first time composters, and how even a compost heap that's completely ignored can still function.

To see more: http://imaginacres.com/posting-on-composting/

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  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Dec 3, 2013

    A compost coffin, now that's a new one on me.

    • ImaginAcres
      ImaginAcres Rochester, NY
      on Dec 3, 2013

      @Douglas Hunt Hahaha, yes, they were actually the boxes that housed giant printers for our local paper, we were lucky enough to score them for free!

  • Silvan Johnson
    Silvan Johnson Fulton, NY
    on Dec 3, 2013

    Our neighbor has chickens and they love our compost piles! Ours is just a bunch of cinderblocks with the holes on the sides for air flow and an open front, so the chickens wander over pretty much as soon as we've dumped something new into it! FYI - I was not able to use the link to "see more" on your site :(

    • ImaginAcres
      ImaginAcres Rochester, NY
      on Dec 3, 2013

      @Silvan Johnson That's such a great idea! I'm hoping when we move to the country we can have an open compost heap. Here in the city we have problems with rats if we don't keep it contained. I'm so sorry you couldn't click over to my site, I'm going to have to look into that. Here's the link if you need it! http://imaginacres.com/posting-on-composting/

  • Geraldine Vigus
    Geraldine Vigus Battle Creek, MI
    on Dec 3, 2013

    ok I love the fact you have named your compost hahahha

  • Libby Yuewhoo
    Libby Yuewhoo Canada
    on Dec 6, 2013

    If you garden, you should compost. You create brown gold and this soil will give your plants the nutrition they need for a good start, next spring. Continue adding to the compost all winter, if the snow isn't too deep to access it.

  • Survival At Home
    Survival At Home Atlanta, GA
    on Dec 19, 2013

    Hahaha!! I named my first compost bin, too!! His name was Igor! ;)

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