A Gardening Year

The adventures and misadventures of an heirloom gardener

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Black Gold

This is what goes into the top.

This is what comes out of the bottom.

Compost, baby!

Black Gold.


At 11:44 PM, Blogger Carol said...

Oh, yeah. Sweet, dark compost. How lucky you are! How richly blessed with your black gold.

At 11:57 PM, Blogger Sylvana said...

That's a fine looking compost bin. What brand is it and where did you get it?

At 12:08 AM, Blogger Connie said...

Cheers.... for compost!!

At 7:41 AM, Blogger Kerri said...

Ahhh....black gold...a gardener's favorite thing. Now I'm humming a combination of the Beverly Hillbillies theme song, and the "These Are a Few of my Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music :)
It's beautiful stuff!
How long does yours take to get to the usable stage?

At 9:18 AM, Blogger A wildlife gardener said...

Just like magic...and for free, more or less. No wonder you call it black gold.

At 4:01 PM, Blogger OldRoses said...

Sylvana, unfortunately I bought it about ten years ago from Home Depot. It's "Composter" brand, made in Canada out of recycled plastic. I don't think HD carries it any more.

Kerri, I'm humming right along with you! I don't turn my compost so it takes about two years. I usually have about three years worth of compost in it at any given time. The new stuff on top, stuff that's "cooking" in the middle and the finished product on the bottom. I love compost, but I am not one of those fanatics who worries over recipes, temperatures, time etc. I'm very casual about it and it works just fine.

Wildlife Gardener, I can't believe that people pay for something that they can make for free!

At 10:00 AM, Anonymous HeirloomGardener said...

What a great blog from a like-minded composter. Also, thanks for the suggestion on the Rutgers garden. I'll have to check it out.

At 2:06 PM, Blogger Mark said...

You can't beat a bit of homegrown 'black gold' just think of all of those worms that have been employed that would just be burrowing around otherwise

At 6:01 AM, Blogger gardening _sister said...

Your compost looks like the "magical muck" I'm hoping to get from my compost bin. After seeing your post and reading your comment I have decided to leave mine and not turn it and hope for the best.

At 7:13 AM, Blogger snappy said...

Hi Old roses,Fantastic compost!I love the word Black Gold which I used in my post yesterday.Only true gardeners can post and delight in compost.
I think black gold is very circle of life, in that all that has grown from the earth, taken its nutrients, dies, is composted, and reduced down to the earth, then put back onto where it came from!
The flowers do grow brilliantly when the garden soil has been enriched :)


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