The Dirt on Desktop Composting

Written by Ellen Burris | July 1, 2012
eleanor_0.jpgPhoto by Ellen Alger

Compost returns nutrients to the land, and naturally fertilizes. Good dirt makes a good garden. My boyfriend Otis and I have a great garden! We have a lemon tree, a lime tree, blueberry bushes, strawberries, chard, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes out the wahzoo. But to be completely honest, I’m not a very good gardener ... I have an irrational fear of worms and caterpillars. So by “we” I really mean he. I mostly stand in the yard with my glass of wine and keep him company while he tends to our amazing plants. While I do presume my conversation skills play some part in our garden’s success, I believe my real contribution may lay in the soil itself.

I like making dirt. Rich dirt. The kind of stuff I would want to grow in if I were a plant, and I want to make as much of it as I can. It just felt wrong to throw my food scraps in the trash at work, so to alleviate some of that guilt I had Otis help make this little container from a used almond jar. I bring it home every Friday and empty it into the big compost. Here is where we got the idea.

Composting is a “do it your damn self” way to change the quality of the soil where you live and take pride in the place where you reside. With a little patience and a little love you can cultivate a lot out of your lot.

Blog Contribution by SXSW Staffer, and SXSW Sustainability member, Eleanor Rosaire.