Forgive me Earth for I have sinned. It's been, actually, never since I had a compost pile in my back yard. I love to garden. I love to cook. I love fresh fruits and vegetables. Yet I have been throwing out my kitchen scraps.
I have plenty of excuses. Heat + rotting vegetables = flies, and lots of them. Plus I don't want to encourage raccoons and their ilk. Each season I vow to find the perfect enclosed compost bin: secure, easy to turn, easy to access, and aesthetically inoffensive. Somehow I never find it.
But that's all behind me. I have found CompostNow.
CompostNow is a local urban composting organization. When you sign up, you're basically outsourcing your composting - you get all the benefits without the unpleasant smells or wild animals. Here's how it works.
It's the perfect symbiotic relationship.
I love CompostNow, and it's not only because I can now hold my head up high (or at least not slink away in shame). I love it because it's fast. I signed up in mid-January, and by the end of March I had already earned my first compost delivery. Maybe that's not as fast as ripping open a bag of Black Kow, but it sure is faster than making compost in my back yard.
Urban composting is hardly new, but since I generally don't discover a trend until I read about in the history books, I had not realized how widespread it was. CompostNow, which serves the Raleigh/ Durham/ Chapel Hill area, will soon be expanding into Asheville (I know - what took them so long?) and Charlotte. The D.C. metro area has something called Compostcab. And there are similar organizations all across the county; this link shows some of them.
Peace, love, and CompostNow. Now that's a slogan I can get behind.
The Galloping Horse Gardener is a native New Yorker who packed it in in 2005 to live under the radar in Cary, North Carolina. In 2014, she removed to a new secure location somewhere in Raleigh.
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