I’m not a gardener. Every once in a while -usually in late winter- I have these grand ideas that it’s going to happen and suddenly I’ll have the time and energy to invest in the garden. Then life shows up and it sits on my bucket list for a while longer. That said, I do have a compost pile.
I don’t want to send kitchen scraps to the landfill, that’s a huge waste of prime space.
I’ve read about elaborate compost piles, where people have magic ratios of brown (dead leaves) and green (grass clippings) that get a compost pile working at top speed producing great compost for their gardens. I don’t have a garden t0 feed, so I’m not in a particular rush to have perfect compost.
What I do have is the lazy man’s version otherwise known as passive composting. In our case it is a pile in the farthest corner of the yard. In the spring, summer, and fall every few weeks I throw the bag on the mower and add that to pile -the rest of the time I just use the mulching feature. In the late winter or early spring, whenever I get around to raking, the leaves go in the corner¹.
Each night the vegetable and egg portion of our kitchen scraps go out to the passive compost pile -meat would attract pests. If it were an active or hot compost pile, I’d need to chop up the scraps to facilitate their breakdown, but again, with the not in a hurry. Everything, including my coffee grounds (and there are a lot of those, sad to say) goes into a bowl with a lid in the kitchen. Once in a blue moon, I hide the scraps by scooching some of the other stuff over it with my foot. This is terribly hard work, I’m sure you can imagine.
I’ve been doing this for a few years and the pile hasn’t changed that much in size. I’d say it’s working. Sometimes the environmental choice doesn’t have to be a lot of hard work. With a passive compost pile we’re Reducing the amount of trash going to the landfill and eventually I’ll get around to Reusing it. Maybe. In the meantime, I’ll let nature be in charge of the Recycling.
If you’ve ever thought about composting and decided it was too much work, maybe give passive composting some thought.
¹This is the opposite of Baby, because nobody puts Baby in the corner.