Until I actually started my own compost pile I thought compost was a smelly pile of garbage one kept behind the garage.
Now I know better.
Compost, done correctly, doesn't smell.
It can be kept right on the kitchen counter if you like.
This will be a short post; composting is simple.
First: What goes in the compost pile?
This includes scrapings from your dinner dishes except as below.
From the garden: All of the trimmings and clippings from your vegetable and herb garden, all annual weeds that have not seeded, plus the occasional load of grass clippings from the lawn mower.
Second: What does NOT go in the compost pile?
From the garden: No perennial weeds, annuals with seeds or anything with a thick stem that will take a long time to decompose.
Third: Where should you put the compost pile?
They should be on bare ground and be enclosed with a wire mesh or cage. You use the first one for 6 months, just dumping everything on the top.
At the end of 6 months you start using the second one.
If you're ambitious, take a pitchfork or stick and turn or stir up the first one about a month after you stop using it, and again in another 2 months… Or not.
The first compost pile will be ready for your garden in 6 months, at which time you stop using the second one and start over at the first.
I keep a plastic bowel under the sink that I scrape everything into as I cook, taking it out to the pile every few days.
Told you it was simple…
So are these….
Everyone loves roasting vegetables.
As do I – in the winter.
I really don't like turning the oven on in hot, summer weather.
Plus, I'm usually in a hurry and roasting takes 10 or 15 minutes.
Pan frying only takes about 5…
Sautéed Green Beans
6oz (175gr) green beans
2 tsp olive oil
a bit of nice sea salt
Top and tail beans. Leave whole. Heat oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beans and sauté, turning and shaking, until light brown and blistering in spots. Remove, sprinkle with salt and serve.
Summertime and the living is easy….