Smell Like Dirt

In Spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Margaret Atwood

Compost. Managing a Natural Process

Backyard Composting is simply taking a process that’s completely natural and speeding it up so that we can reuse the yard waste from our gardens for the benefit of our gardens. If you can’t take one of my classes (see previous post) then take the time to watch these videos and feel free to ask if you have any questions!


  Rashed Khan wrote @

Just wanted to ask, what if u don’t have any rabbit food around. Can u mix chicken feed or some fertilizer having nitrogen content. If yes what should be the % of the nitrogen fertilizer/feed.
Rashed Khan

  smelllikedirt wrote @

Yes, manure will work. You will have to play with quantities….too little is better than too much! No manure from meat eaters. If you turn it every 2-3 weeks, you should have compost in 3-4 months. Good Luck!

  Rashed Khan wrote @

Sorry forgot to ask, how many days this technique of ur’s, told in the youtube ‘ll take to get ready.
Rashed Khan

  frank wrote @

I want to start a compost pile but have a ton of English Ivy on the property. The best location for the pile would be before the Ivy stops. I am afraid the Ivy will get into the compost and then when I go to spread it around in the spring I will also be spreading the Ivy further.



  frank wrote @


My compost pile was steaming hot about a week ago, turning it, watering, feeding it kitchen scraps…it has since gone cold…and the pile is still primarily chipped leaves and not finished composte. The temps dumped into the low 40’s @ night.

Any chance my 4’x4’x3′ pile is too small with not enough mass to work through the frost?


  David wrote @

I just finished setting up my compost pile just like the video shows. I previously set up a compost bin, in the shade, and introduced red wiggler worms. Am I correct that this hot batch compost is not at all conducive to the use of worms?

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