My bandmate Glenn has been reading quite a few books these days on composting, so we've been hearing a lot about it on the road as a result. He's been wanting to try building a compost - but he doesn't have his own space to do it right now, so yesterday we decided to start one at my place instead!
There's a bit of a science to building a good compost, and Glenn has read it all, so I was in good hands. Basically, from what I gathered yesterday, a good compost requires just the right combination of carbon and nitrogen. After mowing the lawn, we collected a bunch of the grass clippings - an excellent source of nitrogen. We then pruned back some of the trees in my backyard, providing an excellent source of carbon. We then built a carbon/nitrogen layered pie, so-to-speak: layer of leaves/branches, then a layer of grass clippings, then a layer of leaves/branches, grass clippings, etc. It's looks pretty good - I'll keep you in the loop in the next number of weeks and we'll watch how it progresses... hence the experiment.
Of course, there's no better way to top off a morning of hard work outside than enjoying a nice cold (root)beer - and we did! We're drinking Fitz's Rootbeer - brewed and bottled in St. Louis. According to Glenn, the only rootbeer connoisseur I know, it's the second best rootbeer in the world. Check out the website and order yourself a case!