When I check my blog stats, I notice that Google sends lots of people searching for "pictures of compost" to my blog. They usually see my Compost Pictures category which is mostly pictures of silly things I put in my compost bin. There was beer, champagne, 5 gallons of peanut oil, apples and some others.
I've thought about it and I think that these random web surfers probably aren't very happy with my site. All they wanted was a picture of compost, not some silly gimicks that were fun for me to blog. So random web surfers, this post is for you.
I recently moved my compost bin from one spot in my yard to another. My wife complained that you could see the "crap box" from the french doors in the living room. And she completely ignored me when I replied that I thought the compost bin looked impressive and made a great conversation piece. Sure thing, honey, I'll move it right away.
The bin wasn't too full, so it wasn't a huge chore. The pile was only about 4 feet wide and a couple of feet tall. So I got my pitch fork and shovel and loaded up my wheel barrow with the 1/2 finished compost. It's new home was only about 30 feet away and out of sight from the living room.
While I was digging in the pile and taking pictures, I though to myself that this picture really illustrates how composting works.
You can see the layers of leaves toward the bottom of the picture. That's the new raw materials that I just added to the bin. Then in the middle is a layer of 1/2 decomposed leaves and they look sort of brown and moldy. And finally above that. (which was really at the bottom of my compost bin) is the layer that's almost finished decomposing. It looks like dark brown dirt that still has some recognizable organic matter in it. And to me, that's a great picture of compost.
Hopefully this will satisfy the random web surfers and their desire to look at pictures of compost. And people who like pictures of compost, sound like my kind of people.