I was recently asked if I compost. In a world were composting often means making a pile of vegetative waste, keeping it moist and turning it often, I would have to say no. I am much too lazy for that. However, I do save all my organic kitchen waste, as well as my vegetative yard waste, and I recycle it back into the soil. This post will discuss my method.
I use a combination of “double-digging” and “layering” to make vegetative waste disappear in just a few months. But first, before I start digging, I usually accumulate quite a bit of waste. This I store in large converted trash cans that I purchased from the City of Phoenix. These come with holes drilled out for aeration and the bottoms cut off. Pick up yours today at the dump. Click here for more information.
Here is my method.
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I am into keeping things simple and efficient. I like to garden about an hour a day. My method is conducive to this. Wet it one day, dig some the next day, fill in the next day, dig some more the next day, etc. However, I’ve also done this at a recovery center where hard core workers dug out the entire (rock solid) bed in a couple hours. Definitely harder work than I want to do. If you are trying to remove Bermuda grass at the same time, the ground definitely needs to be moist or pieces of the rhizomes will break off and sprout later.
I’ve used this method in a variety of ways. Sometimes I just dig one big hole and slowly fill it with kitchen waste, etc. Other times I use a smaller hole to get rid of a smaller amount of kitchen waste. If I am replanting a bed, I usually do not go down as deep. The deep hole is best when you are starting a garden to maximize the aeration and nutrition of the soil.