I’ve just been reading a fascinating account of how every culture develops its own folk myths, handed down from one generation to the next in Jonathan Haidt’s The Happiness Hypothesis.
It seems I’ve been developing my own gardening myths, such as ‘you can’t make hot compost in small quantities’. When I applied a little more scrutiny and science, I’ve proved I can make excellent hot compost (over 60 degrees C for the last six days) in two ordinary (230 and 300 litre) black plastic compost bins. I used weeds, lawn clippings, kitchen waste and shredded paper from my office. I’ve turned it today, combining the contents of both bins into the larger one and adding some more water. It should heat up again over the next week.
If you want to find out more about making compost, one of the keys to success in any edible garden, come on the fresh food garden course on Friday 27th February 2009 from 1pm to 5.45pm or the tiny fresh food garden course which will run over two evenings on Tuesday 10th and Tuesday 17th February 2009 from 6pm to 8.30pm.
If you can’t make it to the course, there are some very tasty vegetable gardening books around at the moment.