No, this has nothing to do with oil-company profits, but rather the compost I dug into a newly built raised bed. For the past two years, I’ve raised vegetables in two raised beds in the backyard; these were graciously given to me by a neighbor who wasn’t using them. This year I wanted to expand the garden, so I built another bed out of scrap lumber. When we bought our home, we inherited a pile of lumber odds and ends, enough to build some bluebird houses, a compost bin, and now a 3 x 8 raised bed.
I’ve been diligently composting here for over two years (my former compost bin stayed at our old house; let’s hope the new owners used it well), and yesterday reaped the benefits. My husband built the bind with a mesh bottom; this allows the compost to get air circulation as well filter finished compost. All I did yesterday was tilt the bin up with some wooden blocks and shovel out the compost right into my garden cart.
I dug it into the dirt I’d hauled to the bed and stuck in some seeds, which I’m sure are benefitting from this rain. I’m crossing my fingers for sun in the near future!