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Creating Black Gold with My Compost Tumbler

Creating Black Gold with My Compost TumblerCreating black gold with my compost tumbler is one of the delights of composting for me.  Compost is called “black gold” because it is so good for building up the soil.  It is an amazing miracle how you can put all those rotting, stinking vegetables into the composter and they transform into black, crumbly, earthy smelling compost.  Of course,  it is not just kitchen scraps alone.

Creating Black Gold with My Compost Tumbler by Balancing Greens and Browns

The vegetable scraps have to be balanced with the browns or carbon.  I use shredded leaves.  Another miracle is when you mix the greens and browns together.  The kitchen scraps can smell awful and after you mix them with lots of shredded leaves the smell goes away very quickly and the composting process begins!  The compost can also be too wet.  When you mix in some browns or carbon the moisture is absorbed.

Second Batch of Compost Was Much Quicker!

My second batch with my compost tumbler finished in 7 weeks instead of 3 1/2 months like the first batch.  I am understanding the green and brown process much better.  This batch was much hotter.  When I removed the door I could see steam coming off, even on a hot summer morning.  I could feel the heat.  This means the compostumbler was working great.

I Highly Recommend the Compact Compostumbler

I am using the Compact Compost Tumbler.  It is so easy to turn, aerating the compost to speed up the process.  I got 3 wheelbarrows full of compost this time.  It is great to have that much compost to spread around the garden.  This is the mid-sized compostumbler.

This composter is well worth the price because it is easy to turn. It produces great compost almost effortlessly without any worry of wildlife visitors.  It is very well designed and well made.  It can easily handle all the weight of the compost when it is full.  The gears are designed so it is easy even for a small person to turn it, even though it is heavy.


Best Poppies Ever!

Poppy Flowers Don’t Multiply From Year to Year

For many years now, my two poppy plants bloom with about the same amount of poppies each year.  Even though the flowers are gorgeous, they don’t increase in number from year to year.  I have often wondered how to increase their production.  This year, after my trip to Veteran’s Compost, I decided to mulch them with the compost that I  bought.

Poppies Mulched With Compost

The poppies were just beginning to grow so I put compost all around them.  It looked very pretty with the nice green contrasted with the dark brown compost.  More Poppy Buds Than EverA few weeks later as the buds emerged I noticed that there were a lot more buds than ever before.  I saw that we were going to have quite a beautiful set of poppies this year.

No Other Changes Except For Compost Mulch

I didn’t add anything elseBest Poppies Ever or do anything differently from previous years except mulch with the compost.  So it could be that the mulch that I added gave the plants the added nutrients to produce more poppies.  We certainly enjoyed them.  One neighbor commented that she might want to plant some poppies.  They were so pretty you could see them all the way down the street!