My latest learning adventure in cooking and gardening is composting. I’d always meant to do it. Saving food scraps to create homemade vegetable garden fertilizer always seemed like a wonderful idea to me. I’d save money and make a much better use for the coffee grounds, eggshells and citrus rinds filling my trash. But it took two neighbors to get me moving on it.
Suzanne’s husband Mike went to pick up three composters for them, us, and our neighbor Kristin. Our county has a once-a-year composter special, where they offer discounted bins to residents. It’s such a big draw that the next day’s newspaper had a story about the epic traffic jam the compost-buyers created. I’ve now noticed all over our neighborhood, these compost bins are in more backyards than not, a testament to doing a little bit to make the environment better. Kristin took a class on composting and will be our “expert,” but I’ve already found it’s easy, our trash bins are less full and I can’t wait for it to “cook” enough to make my veggies and herbs grow even more beautifully.