Buckwheat and Compost

Alice and I have two 5 gallon pails with lids that we keep in the entryway of the house. The purpose of these buckets is to accept kitchen scraps. We keep a 1/2 gallon stainless steel bucket in the kitchen into which goes all our organic kitchen waste. When it gets full, it is emptied into the 5 gallon pails in the entryway. This system works well until the two buckets in the entryway fill up. This happened yesterday.

The full buckets of “slop” go into our compost tumbler which is located out near the greenhouse. This device takes our garbage plus yard waste and sawdust, and produces the most lovely compost you’ve ever seen. The bottleneck in this system is I can only empty the compost drum when I have a place to put the compost. If I just dump it on the ground, weeds riot in there and pretty soon only the rototiller can break it up again.

Fortunately this time the buckwheat started blossoming about the same time the buckets filled up. We only garden in half the area each year. The other half is planted in buckwheat, which I till under when it starts to blossom. The current crop of buckwheat is the second this year. So it worked out that I emptied the compost drum today, and got two heaping wheelbarrows full, which I distributed to the outside garden. I then tilled the buckwheat halves of both gardens. The soil looks very nice again.

The ripe tomatoes are starting to come, and what a nice time of the year it is. I’m not immune to going out to the greenhouse, grabbing a fresh warm tomato off the plant and eating it like an apple. What a lovely burst of flavor a fresh vine ripened tomato gives us. It tastes so good, I think, because we get used to the tomatoes that agribusiness feeds us for the rest of the year. We hope to dry our first batch in the next day or so. Dried vine-ripened tomatoes are so sweet and good. I’m salivating as I write this.

One Response to “Buckwheat and Compost”

  1. Ryan says:

    While not as good as freshly picked tomatoes right from the gargden, we get most of our tomatoes from Bay Produce in Superior, WI via our local grocery store. Since they’re (reasonably) local, they are fully ripe before harvest and hit the stores very quickly. We are basically at the far edge of their distribution.

    They’re far and away the best store bought tomatoes I’ve ever had, and as a bonus, they are grown as part of a project to provide jobs and other activities to the developmentally disabled.

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