Down and dirty with Restoration Hardware
Might be the result of an online shopping habit, but I get tons of mail I don’t ask for. One day this came. It was about an inch thick with page after page of gorgeous furnishings and linens. Really gorgeous! It was too much paper to toss and way too beautiful. I did what any logically sound person would do. I turned it to dirt!
This isn’t just another article on gardening and compost. This is the true story of how I composted the Restoration Hardware catalog. Some of you would rather do anything than get your hands dirty and cultivate earth worms. For you, as always, enjoy the pix as pure art or pass it on to your hippie friend. Everybody has one. : )
This is it! Seriously, the composted catalog being worked into the soil beneath my tomatoes! It really is! I’m not joking, it’s magic!
This definitely isn’t for everyone. As a gardener, I LOVE the rich soil it makes and I kind of feel like I’m sticking it to the corporate man a little by turning all that junk I get in the mail everyday into something useful. I tried signing up for programs that promise to stop the delivery of junk mail, so far, all have been unsuccessful, so until then…dirt!
My simple instructions and tips are at the bottom. Tell me if you go for it and write me if you have questions. I’m NO expert but this technique works great for me! kimi.
If you’re into it, here’s how I do it.
- Drill holes in the bottom of a big plastic garbage can
Add materials in layers. Super important, that’s the synergy, the real magic of composting! Wet/green layered with dry/brown:
- shredded paper (catalogs, newspaper, cardboard boxes, junk mail-run it all through a paper shredder)
- kitchen scraps (NO cooked foods, fats or animal products)
- yard waste (dirt, dirt clots, soil from dead potted plants, grass clippings are great and add loads of nitrogen, dry leaves, garden trimmings – best if nothing is over 2 inches long, it breaks down faster)
- Layer items thin so you have a good workable mix of wet and dry. They need eachother desperately.
- A good healthy batch of compost shouldn’t get stinky, if it does, it’s too wet. That’s a nasty situation and you need to layer it in with fresh ingredients and it will come out just fine.
- Make sure the containers have lids that fit to keep unwanted guests from inviting themselves to dinner.
- Keep a bin full of shredded paper near the compost bins and always top kitchen scraps with it to keep from attracting flies.
- When it’s filled to the rim, put the lid on it and forget about it for 3 months. At that point, check it, if it’s almost done I leave it alone, if it needs a push, I mix it up as much as I can with a shovel OR I dump it by shovel fulls into another garbage can so the lesser done compost on top is now on the bottom and the finished stuff is on top where I can start using it. THAT’s the method I use most! Both ways introduce oxygen and speed up the finish. Compost should be done in 3-6 months.
The compost will be full of red earth worms. I don’t know how they get there, but they do and they are not yuck! These are your friends. They breakdown the garbage and churn it into nutrient rich soil for your plants.
- Simple Composting For All: Tips for Easy Composting (hippiemagazine.com)