Photos - finished compost

Finished compost made by composting clean kitchen/garden waste in a tire(3 tires) tower.

The preceding section tells how to do this simple process. These photos show the remarkable result.

Here is a quick summary of important facts:

1. The 3-tire tower sits on the edge of a gravel driveway.

2.The following material is added in no particular order or amount...clean kitchen waste (excluding meat, bones, dairy) and garden waste (excluding woody material and particularly unfriendly weeds).

3. Roughy a quart of water is added, usually when I add the scraps.

4. We use the tower year around.

5. Generally speaking, you can 'harvest' a tire tower in the early (late April/early May) spring and again in the late (mid to late October) fall.

Photo 1 - a handful of black gold! The finished material is generally of a fine consistency and odor free. It looks and feels like fine black soil. Items (the occasional eggshell of something similar) that are not totally biodegraded should be left in the material. It will become food for myriad microorganisms. This material can be: mixed with potting soil, used as a topdressing around food plants or cultivated into the soil. It is totally organic and should have plenty of worms, pill bugs, millipeds and tiny insects in it. (This is good - what you want.)

Photo 2 - the garden cart containing the 'harvest' from two tire towers.

The garden cart is 3'x4'x1' and the harvest from 2 tire towers filled it to 3/4. (You do the math!!) This cost nothing, used waste material from the garden and kitchen and took about 7 months from start to harvest.

Photo 3 - the tire towers.

It is important to have three tires that are the same size. It is important to have a level base. Know that the rotting/action by bacteria, fungi, and insects will occur in the middle (empty space) of the tire and also inside the tire rim itself.

Photo 4 - Material ready for the garden.

Our family of two which eats as much fresh food as possible plus the organic waste from the gardens can keep 9 (nine) tire towers active.

By choosing to compost in this simple manner we reduce the amount of waste we put into the landfill, we USE that material to fertilize our gardens, we reduce the amount of money we could spend for potting soil, fertilizer and mulch. The least space it takes is the area of the stack of tires. We use our towers as insulation along the wall of the greenhouse/potting shed.


Drowning In Tomatoes? Try Something Different This Year.


If you’re a home gardener about to drowned in tomatoes rolling in off the vines and demanding to be consumed before they go bad, hang on. Here comes a life preserver.

I chop up a small bowlful of fresh very ripe tomatoes, add chopped red onion or scallions, minced garlic, chopped fresh basil, and extra-virgin olive oil.  I sometimes add Kalamata olives. I make this dish in the morning and let it set on the kitchen table all day. By evening meal time, the flavors have melded nicely, and I serve it over hot cooked spaghetti noodles and top it with fresh grated parmesan for an easy meal on a hot summer day.

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