Last night I went with neighbor D to an organic gardening class that taught you how to compost. I think composting is a great idea, but I am also a very lazy person. So I bought a 50-pound bag of “finished” compost from the dude and am planning to use it around my stagnating peony and in the soon-to-be flowerbed next to the driveway.

Apparently, to make proper compost you need lots of “green” materials – though green is a deceptive term since most of the “green” stuff is actually horse manure, fish parts, etc. He let us sniff his tub of marinating fish guts … mmmm, that was yummy.

His garden looked awesome, though. Beautiful flowers and the cutest cornstalks “companion growing” with beans and squash. I felt like a cool, crunchy-granola person just being there. One of the other attendees even had a Toyota Prius in the color I want!

Some of the tips didn’t seem out of my reach – like using pellets of alfalfa rabbit food or cattle feed as fertilizer. Interesante. I need to check out the Web site he recommended – The Dirt Doctor – and read up some more about the chemistry … or is it biology? … behind all this.

posted by K | filed under Uncategorized | 3 Comments


3 Responses to “Got Any Fish Heads I Can Borrow?”

  1. Becky on May 21st, 2005 2:36 am

    “Those look awesome! Funny tutorial, too. I’m discovering you are a very clever lady. :)”

    Takes one to know one!

  2. Jordana on May 23rd, 2005 1:09 pm

    If you really want something fishy to add to your compost, Lowes sells organic Alaskan fish fertilizer that you could dump in there. Don’t believe the writing on the bottle that says it is deodorized though.

  3. lynette on May 31st, 2005 6:11 pm

    I was watching a TV series called “Gardens through Time” yesterday. Each episode looks at a different period and this one was about Early Victorian gardening. Apparently the recommended way to fertilise your bed was to dig a trench, pour in a load of mushed up fish carcasses, then cover it over. Two weeks later it’d be ready to plant… although it would be very smelly when you dug! Anyway, using rotten fish as a garden manure apparently goes back hundreds of years!

Leave a Reply