Yesterday I... made Black Gold
Posted on 3rd August 2020 at 12:01
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Yesterday I... spent a few hours working through my compost heap. Not a glamorous job I grant you and I always find it's a good idea when undertaking this particular task to allow the mind to wander. Past experience has uncovered mice, ants nests and the occasional slimy layer when I've added grass and not mixed it in so if I don't have another focus the experience can be a little scary. Luckily my only problem yesterday was trying to stay out of the sun which I managed quite well with the cloud cover obliging every 10 minutes or so.
So digging through, sieving out the larger woody bits and then spreading the good stuff over the soil before I planted more lettuces (see picture above) gave me ample time to muse on the attributes of homemade compost. I don't want to bore you with that though, this isn't a gardening post, but more a comparison regarding nourishing the soil and nourishing the skin.
Homemade compost is about zero waste. You put in your 'greens' - vegetables and fruit peelings, coffee grounds, weeds, grass trimmings (kindly supplied by my neighbours because I don't have a lawn); add a bit of brown stuff - shredded newspaper (OK so it's not brown in colour but then coffee grounds are and they count as 'green'), chopped up cardboard, woody prunings etc; mix it together and leave it to heat up and decompose. 'Greens' provide nitrogen, 'browns' provide carbon and when you get the ratios right, waste becomes Black Gold - lovely crumbly new soil which provides the garden with myriad benefits.
Spreading a layer of your homemade compost over the soil feeds it from above. It locks in moisture whilst still allowing the soil to breathe, pretty much like a natural balm works when applied to the skin. Feeding the compost heap correctly in the first place is as vital as feeding the body so that the right nutrients can transform from individual building blocks into a coherent whole greater than the sum of their parts. This provides the structure from which both healthy soil and healthy skin are born. What follows is maintenance which in soil terms comes in the forms of sunlight and water. If the soil is too exposed and ravaged by strong winds for example it will need extra protection to maintain it's balance. This also applies to the skin. Sunlight and proper hydration are essential but day to day stressors like central heating and exposure to radiation can cause imbalances such as dryness which are easily rectified by a natural balm. Lotions and creams which are water-based can never do the job as efficiently. We need fats to plump up our cells and keep their walls healthy, allowing nutrients in and toxins out, and organic vegetable oils naturally provide these.
Relating compost to skin health yesterday made a potentially boring job fly by. The compost bin is now empty again ready to start a new cycle to which I can add my empty MINIMISE eco jars (which are brown and count as 'browns' by the way).
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Yesterday I… made black gold and didn't evict any mice.
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