Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Compost bin and rain barrel sale May 9

For my Madison-area gardeners

The annual home compost bin and rain barrel sale will take place on Saturday May 9th. Take advantage of this exclusive offer and get $10 off if you preorder by April 27th. Spring is almost here - and that means it's time to quench your thirst for gardening at the City of Madison Compost Bin And Rain Barrel Sale. This year's event will take place on Saturday, May 9th at the Alliant Energy Center parking lot. Pre-order online before April 27th and save an additional $10 off and pay no shipping. *This event is open to both Madison residents and non-residents. For more information and to pre-order visit: http://www.cityofmadison.com/streets/compost/CompostBinSale.cfm

My take on composting
I do composting on a big scale - in autumn, I collect curbside leaves, grind them up and mix them with coffee grounds and let them cook for six months to make great compost and mulch. I also participate in Madison's "black bin" curbside compost recycling for weeds and foodstuff we can't compost like Brussels sprout stalks, and things the chickens shouldn't eat.

BUT I think there is a place in our garden for one of the smallish black composters on sale for winter composting and what chickens can't eat (potato skins, moldy food) that take longer than my leaf/coffee ground bins. I'm wondering if this would eliminate our need for the black bin...

... but what would I do with those Brussels sprout and kale stalks?