I take my "vegtable scraps and so forth" and dig a shallow hole, dump them
in, and cover them with dirt. Is this just as good as if I had a composting
pile? I avoid the pile because I do not animals getting to it. My methods
seems more efficient. Any opinions?
That way works, but with a 3 or 4-foot heap of organic material
bacterial action heats up the mass and quickly turns material into
compost. If I buried my compost, I'd have a LOT of digging to do. I
keep four compost piles going with no animal problems (we have lots of
deer, possum, skunks, coons, rabbits, birds) and no problems with
flies. The quick breakdown of material and heat makes no logical
sense but it works almost like magic. I look at a compost pile like a
There are two reasons for composting.
1 to return organic material and nutrients to the soil
2 to destroy pathogens and weed seeds
Any method will accomplish #1 some are more able to conserve nutrients
A fast hot compost will accomplish #2 usually one cubic yard or more
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