Patrick Doran, director of conservation science for The Nature Conservancy in Michigan
By Patrick Doran
This past summer, my family consumed dozens of watermelons and enough apples to fill a tree. These foods not only help my family grow; next year, they will help my garden grow.
I compost — I confess it. It wasn't always easy. I floundered for a couple of years. But now every bit of compostable material from my kitchen and yard makes its way through my pair of backyard compost bins — two black, recycled-plastic beauties, one of which I purchased through a local municipal waste facility for less than $40.
Here's how I do it:
Mind you, I live on a 1/4-acre suburban lot. My gardens are small. But this great little science project never fails to amaze me:
Everyday. Environmental. And very simple.
The opinions expressed in this article are the author's and do not represent those of The Nature Conservancy.August 28, 2011