Last year, I contemplated adding "Kricket Krap" to my garden. There's a local place here in Augusta that get's cricket poo from a cricket farm and makes this supposedly amazing compost. Only second to bat guano. A few weeks ago, I asked about the stuff in the Georgia Gardeners Group. One lovely lady thought I was asking about "Kitchen Krap." Many laughs were had... oh, the garden jokes.
To ease my conscious and do the right thing - we're now composting.
I'd love to tell you about my amazing new compost bins and fancy this and that, but no. I'd love to say it all looks just like the photo at the top... so pretty... so neat and tidy... but in reality, it's more like this ->
We have a heap - a true compost pile if you will. And it will work just as well as the fancy bins.
We're saving money (I actually used to buy bags of compost for the garden) and really doing our part to help heal the planet and ensure that the soil will continue to give us good things to eat.
- Pick a place away from the house, but close to your garden
- Try to ensure that you'll have enough room for several piles. 1 new, 1 in process, and 1 ready to use.
- Every day you add to your pile, you reset the "clock" on the pile to day 1. Once the pile reaches about 3'x3'x3', you'll want to start on the new pile and let the big one cook and do it's thing.
- Keep the pile damp, but not soggy
- Take a shovel or pitch fork and turn the pile every week or so
- Add, by weight, brown matter (leaves, grass clippings, shredded paper) to match your kitchen waste.
- In the summer and spring, you won't have those leaves... rake your yard and store your leaves - I know it's a pain, but it will keep the piles going!
- When the pile looks ready - it is.