Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Compost


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The minor excesses of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day have given me a new eye for the kitchen compost bin. Generous friends filled the refrigerator with more than we could safely eat. I will be feeding part of this bounty to the worms and, ultimately, to the robins.

I realized last night that a compost container holding only vegetable and fruit peels, coffee grounds, and the odd eggshell is a lovely, sweet-smelling thing.

Food that’s ready for the table is such a concentrated source of nutrients that it breaks down quickly into a rank mess, as good an argument against waste as any I have heard.

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