Poetry – Home & Garden

Composting, Composting
(decay to mulch)

Compost BinAshes and grasses and
feathers and hay,
garbage but only from
Vegan’s they say,
Leaves and some newspapers
(paper not “E-”),
Sawdust and pine needles
Weeds from the sea.

it all should be.
ratio: three.

Decomposition with
Psychrophiles, Mesophiles,
did we say, “duh!”
fungi, actinomycetes,
enzymes and earthworms
in subcommittees.

Rotting and roasting and
barrels and bins
or a pile in position.
Chicken mesh wire or
plastic style tumbler;
box made of cement or
something quite humbler.

Aerate and water and
turning quite often,
grinding and chipping and
shredding to soften.

Measure the pH and
spread on some lime,
use a thermometer
give it some time.

Fold in your garden in
fall or in spring,
when it is black and is
finished aging.

Use it for mulch or
use it for tea.
Organic nutrition
and practically free.

Originally published on The Society of Classical Poets website.

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