Composting the Garden Residue

We had a whole stack of plants in the “waiting” compost bin after last week, and we added more this week. Luckily the composters were on hand this week to put all that residue into the “working” compost bins!

Digging out the pileFirst they had to pull all the plants out of the “trash” bin. You can see they’ve already made significant progress!

ShreddingThe next step was putting everything that could go through the chipper/shredder. It was damp, so that was a bit more challenging than normal. You don’t have to use a chipper/shredder to make compost successfully, but it does help the composting process go faster!

The chopped up plants were tossed into the compost bins. We have 2 of the 3 bins mostly full. We should have lots of great compost for spring!

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on October 15, 2009, in Working in the Garden and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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