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Gail's lemonade stand (Store of Cool Stuff)
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Thursday, 2 August 2007
Compost pile is hot
Topic: compost

This afternoon it was raining gently, perfect weather for turning my week-old compost pile.  The cottonwood fluff my husband raked had held moisture well, and was turning black the fastest, but the green component (weeds and grass I pulled) was warm and changing too.  I don't know why using the pitchfork to lift the material and rearrange it in a new pile was so satisfying, as the rain fell on the birch leaves above me with little patters and an occasional drip onto my raincoat.  I never know whether turning the pile will speed it up or slow it down for me.  But even if it seems to stop, I know by next year it'll be ready to use to enrich and renew my gardens. 

If I was good I'd clean out the extra raspberries growing wild, and the horsetails and grass growing uninvited where I want a neat path along the staked raspberry plants, and make another pile.  But the warm house is calling me.  It's so cozy on a rainy day.  If I hadn't come out to work on the compost I wouldn't have remembered how nice it is to be able to be inside and relax on a rainy day.


Posted by gail_heineman at 10:09 PM YDT
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