Infrequent poster here.
The city in which I live had a one-day composter sale/fundraiser today, and I
decided to go pick one up ($20C, reportedly $80 value). No one with a car being
available, I took the train up to the mall parking lot, intending to haul it
back with my luggage rack. My route back to my house took me through a
quasi-upper income bracket neighborhood, and along one street which had several
trailers pulled up. Plainly a movie or tv shoot. It was at this point that my
bungee cord decided to come loose, sending all the parts of my composter onto
the street. Just as I had everything under control again, this Brit pops out of
one of the parked cars with his walkie talkie and asks if I needed any help. I
told him everything was OK, whereupon he proceeded to tell me that composting
doesn't work. You have to add too much bone meal for it to be cost effective,
I don't know why complete strangers feel compelled to lecture me about such
Now I didn't think much about this at the time, being more concerned about
getting my composter down the hill on the luggage rack, and I figured he didn't
need any compost anyway, since he probably just had to go talk to his flowers
to provide them with a reliable source of bull manure. On reflection I realized
that it was probably added to keep the compost from becoming too acidic, even
though he talked about the bone meal as if it were a starter. This isn't a
problem where I live in Calgary, because the soil tends to be too alkaline.
Elsewhere, it might be common practise. Is it?