Saturday, March 9, 2013

Saturday Short Subjects: A Tale of Kitchen Scraps, a Wedding Ring, and a Carrot

Many times have I sung the praises of compost, “black gold” to the gardener. I have urged you to set up a backyard compost bin — as a way of making your own nutrient-rich soil amendment while diverting huge amounts of material from the municipal waste stream.

For today’s Saturday Short I offer up a surprising additional reason to compost your kitchen scraps. Click here if you missed the earlier link. [Shared by Jude Hsiang in the CT Master Gardener email list.] 

Need a spring project? Now might be a good time to get a compost bin started. The Cornell University Waste Management Institute has compiled an extensive collection of resources for the home composter, including this 15 minute video:

Yes, I realize the video is a bit old. The hairstyles, music and clothing are dated, but the content is great. In just a few minutes you will learn the chemistry of composting, how to set up a bin, how to achieve balance in your pile, and remedies to common problems. To date there have only been 252 views. Help this video go viral!

If you live in the city and are concerned about pests, check out this resource sheet outlining ways to “nuisance proof your compost” bin. 

You've got no excuses now! Ready, set, compost!

The sun is out and yesterday’s snow is melting. Yay!

Have a great weekend.

Why Saturday Short Subjects? Some readers may recall  being dropped at the movie theater for the Saturday matinee — two action-packed feature films with a series of short subjects (cartoons or short movies, sometimes a serial cliffhanger) sandwiched in between. Often the short subjects were the most memorable, and enjoyable, part of the morning. That explains the name. The reason behind these particular posts is that we are all short on time. My Short Subject posts should not take me as long to write or you as long to read (or try).

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