What we never anticipated was the help that our chickens and the local squirrel population would give us. The chickens aerate by scratching the pile, but they don't dig very deeply. The squirrels on the other hand, aerate the pile by burrowing deep into the center where we've placed a cache of acorns for them to eat. We never planned on having their help, but now we know! With an abundance of wild nut trees on the property, we'll be enlisting their services for years to come.
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We don't have pictures of the squirrels and their work, but we do have pictures of the several volunteer plants that our compost has given us this year. So here they are, a tiny garden all to themselves.
|Squash boldly growing right on top of a pile. If you look closely you can see the tube were using for aeration.|
|A single stock of corn behind the compost bin. Sorry corn stalk, but it takes two to pollinate.You'll have to just be pretty.|
|1 of 4 or 5 tomato plants that have grown sideways out of the back of the compost bin through the garden fence and joined our pea patch. We have no idea whether they'll produce.|
|Here's a shot of the girls cooling themselves under a peach tree in a pile of composted dirt.|
|Here's a close-up.|