sidroq replied to your post: Real Gardening
It’s that bizarre idea of “oh, this improvised technique is WAY SMARTER than [technique humanity has used after hundreds, if not thousands, of years of experimentation and innovation]!”
Same with composting TBH.
People make it way too complicated. Green! Brown! Turn it! Feed it! Add worms! Buy this special bin you crank 3 times a day for 3 easy payments of $99.99!
You know what works? Pile shit up. (not literally, tho if you can get some cow or horse manure then sure.) Twigs, weeds, grass clippings, veggie scraps and peels, whatever. Throw a few shovels of dirt on top to make sure all the rot-causing bacteria and critters are present.
Then wait. Worms’ll show up on their own. It’ll rot on its own. Throw more organic junk on it to rot as you please. If you get the impulse to fiddle with it or turn it, ask yourself this; were dinosaurs turning leaves in the forests 100 million years ago? Of fucking course not. And those leaves turned into compost just the same. Then go play Mario kart or whatever instead.
Wait about a year, pull aside whatever half-rotten junk is still on top, and bam. Look at that. Perfect black gold compost. Use that pile, start another one next to it for next year. Repeat ad infinitum.
Seriously composting is the easiest fucking part of gardening, and gardening books always dedicate like 20 pages to it and overcomplicate the hell out of things. Ridiculous.