Saturday, June 18, 2011

Compost Education Via Garlic

Through my work at Harvest I write about the virtues of compost almost every day. But even I was floored by my wee public compost education experiment I did on the sideyard.

In the fall of 2010, I applied 3 cubic feet of compost to half the garlic bed, and zero compost to the other half.

The difference
is striking: the garlic with compost is a lush, rich green, nearly twice as high as the half without any soil amendment. The garlic without compost literally pales in comparison.

I'm infecting the neighborhood with excitement for adding nutrients to our soil. I hear people walking by exclaim, "Wow. Look at the difference compost makes!" and "Honey, we need to get some compost for our garden."

It feels great to raise the profile of compost in our local neighborhood.

8 comments:

David Ross said...

Wow, that's great, glad you planted it by the sidewalk for all to see! And if the vampires invade Portland I know where to go.

karaj said...

This is really awesome. I wish I could do something like this in my neighborhood.

manisha kulakarni said...

nice thought and implementation...

Sybil said...

What a wonderful example of the results of composting. Good for you.

Greg Traver said...

Meredith,

What an outstanding idea to make a public display showing a comparison of the benefits of composting! I would have never thought of that and I have taken note for future projects! (Love that Garlic too!)

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Scotts Contracting said...

Thank you for the Great Example on how compost helps the soil. Love it! No Chemicals!!!! Be Green.

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