Tucked away in the woods, it looks more like a modest pile of leaves most days. The pile smells pleasant and earthy, one sign that it’s working. It’s full of hard-working, happy earthworms.
I got some encouragement recently about my sloppy compost pile from veteran gardener Loujuana Carter. I met Carter when she was volunteering at a greenhouse for the National Park Service. Carter assured me that when it comes to composting and gardening in general, it’s good to, “Keep it simple.” I appreciate the wisdom in that. Keeping it simple has kept me from being too intimidated to try. There are several helpful gardening resources that offer composting tips. A good place to start reading about which materials can be composted is the Cooperative Extension Service.