Oct 10, 2006, 8:24 AM
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Am a big fan of composting...everything possible.
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However when composting in coastal Mexico, ran into very hard, almost undiggeable soil throughout the whole backyard. What to do about the compostables?
Went ahead anyway, layering the vegetable and fruit scraps as best as possible in the far corner of two meeting brick walls with whatever soil could be added.
Moistened the pile now and again with buckets of water. Knew enough not to unduly tempt vermin with meat or other protein scraps.
Didn't expect quick results but figured that over time, the pile would rot down and give me compost for the other shrubs and garden areas.
One day, I went to the corner to turn the pile.
It was turning itself!
The pile was a seething, wriggling mass of larval life, reminiscent of horror flicks. At the end of that explosion of life, the pile faded away to nearly nothing.
And I stopped adding fuel to the fire.
So those of you who do compost successfully in Mexico, how do you do it?