It’s that time again to empty out the simple cinder block compost bin that we dumped most of our green/yard and animal bedding waste in.  It stands  5 bricks high and 5 wide.  We use the lazy method of composting – dump, leave & empty.  Yeah, we aren’t too big on the intricacies of composting – we figure let nature do it and, literally, compost just happens.

New black gold for the spring planting season not to mention some tasty morsels for the chickens and ducks.

Digging out the pile

Almost to the bottom – look at all that dark soil!

Yum, yum (well if you are a chicken or duck, that is)

Not only was it dig out the compost pile day, but also it was  lots of work in the garden with spring clean up time–tidying up here and there before the anticipated summer overgrowth.

Spring cleaning has begun!

What about you?  Does the longer days warmer weather get you in the tidying mood?


  1. Ingrid says:

    Your compost looks wonderful! Could I ask what those big white grubs are? We get them in our compost too, and are not sure if they are harmful to plants if we don’t pick them all out of the compost before applying it to the garden. Thanks!

  2. Audra says:

    We have been in the tidying mood here as well. The garden is nearly done with the preparations for the gardening season.
    We had to remove some old pine trees, so we desided to put them to good use. One of those uses in the garden is their ash and char.
    This year we are putting in a “real” compost bin. Yours is a good idea. I was worried about using wood, that the would rott. The irony is that I do have a bunch of cinder blocks not in use, so I think I will borrow your compost bin idea and use it here and then let nature do the rest.
    Happy Gardening,

  3. Lily says:

    I have those Japanese beetle grubs too, except mine are in my garden soil and I don’t have any chickens to sic on them. They don’t cause much harm my established plants but they wreaked havoc on the plants I started from seed late last summer. The two applications of parasitic nematodes did nothing to stave them off. I think we are going to have to try the milky spore disease next.

  4. Kory says:

    milky spore is the recommended course of action. It is a fungal infection which does not attack anything but those grubs. you can get it in a can from most organic outlets. I break my no spraying rule to apply milky spore to the ground for japanese beetles because they are an invasive species for which we do not have adequate predators in our area. and it is a very specific control. I’m told it wont affect any other ground dwelling insect.

  5. Jodith says:

    We moved a couple of weeks ago, and I was so sad to leave our beautiful compost pile. We just didn’t have the wherewithal (energy or truck-wise) to move. So, whoever rents that house behind us is going to get a great gift if they’re a gardner. I’ve been nursing that compost pile for 2 years.

  6. Stacy says:

    mmmm….Japanese beetle grubs! Tasty, tasty fowl food! I leave mine exposed for the local jays to eat, or give them to fowl-owning friends. Evil little beasties! They’re hard on my plum tree, and the one at the last house we owned.

  7. Eneal says:

    I love composting, but I’ll have to admit I go the lazy way myself. I’d like to get people’s opinions on something. I’m not real knowledgable about the environmental movement, so maybe some of you who have thought on these things a lot could enlighten me.

    Okay, here is the deal: I am fanatical about composting. I have no idea why, but I just really get a kick out of it. I have an SUV what gets about maybe 25 miles to the gallon. I like to hitch up my utility trailer and drive around and pick up people’s bagged leaves and grass clippings (and other useful things I find along the way too). Sunday evening is the best time and I can pick up several loads in under an hour.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but composting (and recycling other things people are throwing away) is good, but burning gas is bad. Am I doing more harm than good?

  8. Jill Conger says:

    Around here we call those grubs ‘compost shrimp’. Makes them almost seem humanly eatable!

    I just this week I had to dig out two sections of my compost pile to restart things. One section I had over stuffed with too much chicken coop gleanings and it never rotted down more. The other pile was exclusively lawn cuttings from the neighbors.The top never rots, just sits there.

    I pulled these two sections of material out and relocated this “almost compost” to another spot in the yard. Hopefully I can get the material to rot and be ready to host some pumpkins plants in June!

  9. Chiot's Run says:

    It’s more like the cold spring days get me in the mood, we’re not quite “warm” here yet.

    I also follow the laziness approach to composting. I’m currently harvesting and sidedressing all of my raised beds. It’s always exciting to harvest compost. It’s like Free stuff!

  10. redclay says:

    I don’t have chickens but the robins around my place have learned to stalk me when I’m out in the yard. They know that I’ll turn over something good for them to munch on while I’m out weeding, turning compost or transplanting.

  11. Mary Hysong says:

    Yep, lots of cleaning, weeding, planting & composting going on around here too! Along with hauling free sawdust for mulching and some for the compost pile. I think it’s going to be a pretty dry year, so trying to get everything mulched down real good. Water here is super expensive.

  12. Dennis Pasadilla says:

    Its been a year when I started composting, my neighbor is a banana chip seller, so every day they produce 3 sack of banana peelings, I asked them if I can have it for my compost and they’re happy because they will not mind off how to dispose it. I think I didn’t just help my neighbor but also helped my self to save money from buying expensive commercial compost.

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