A while ago, I mentioned to a friend that I was going to place an order for a load of compost, since I unhappily realized that we don’t produce enough garden waste to generate the amount of compost I wanted.
Why did I feel we needed a lot of compost? Well, in my pottering around lately, I realized that our garden soil has become more sandy, because the organic stuff had been used up without being replenished over time. So, to get us on the right track, I figured some soil amendment and top dressing would help. I just needed a kick-start, because our monthly grass trimmings and other green waste wasn’t enough for the entire garden.
“You’re getting a ton of compost?” my friend said incredulously. “Take pictures,” she added, on my affirmation.
Neither of us could visualize what a ton would look like, and honestly, I was slightly nervous after placing the order. Those nerves shot right through the roof when I saw the grandaddy of all lorries stop in front of the gate on the delivery date. It was … huge!
“That’s not all for me, right?” I asked the delivery guy, pointing nervously at the back of the lorry that looked about a storey high (no kidding). He laughed and assured me no.
My ton of compost was neatly packed into a pair of 500kg bags that had to be lifted over the fence by the crane on the lorry. Compared to the size of the monster lorry, yes, they weren’t big. However, if I wanted to, I could toss in both of my dogs as well as my nephews and nieces and maybe just fill one of those bags – they’re that big!
And oh what lovely, soft dark compost was peeking out at us! The rich, sweet fragrance filled the air, and I couldn’t wait to start carting it around. Distributing it completely won’t happen overnight, but that compost is going to meet our edible plants, and the sunflower and other flowering plants, and it’s going to help to level off the uneven bits of lawn. Spreading it around will take time and calories (yay), and I’m going to enjoy doing all that. Oh yeah, I’m going to be busy… 8)