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Can't Get Your Compost Hot?

compost Jun 30, 2024

So many of my students come to me with stress about their compost. There's a lot of misunderstanding about what compost is and how to do it "right." 

However, I have a strict no-stress policy in my garden and in my course. We don't garden to increase the stress in our lives, right!? 

There's no need to stress because compost is a natural process that is constantly happening all around us. It is nature's way of recycling nutrients. 

But we don't need to worry about that because compost happens. 

You can't really stop it from happening, unless you throw things in the trash.

It actually hurts me to see anything organic thrown away. Did you know that almost half of the trash in the landfill is organic? What a waste of nutrients! Plus it causes all kinds of problems, from methane gas to toxic leachates. 

One of the greatest things about gardening is recycling all those nutrients right in our yard. 

And you can compost ANYTHING organic... even those "forbidden" items like meat, bones, hair, eggshells, etc.  Are you kidding me? Do you think nature doesn't have a plan for dealing with stuff like that? 

In nature there is no waste. There is no "throwing away." Because everything is connected. 

There are actually many ways to do it, from simply digging it into your garden bed to creating a "hot" compost pile. Hot compost can be great, but it is far from the only way of doing it. 

There's not really a right or wrong way... it's what works best for you in your situation. Personally, I compost in at least 5 different ways, depending on what I'm composting and what my goals are. 

So if you are feeling stressed about your compost, let it go and let nature take the lead. Watch what nature does and mimic it. 

We are covering all the ways of composting in the Green Thumb Online Course in the summer season, which is staring in July! Join us for a full discussion on compost and to figure out what will work best for you. 


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