Several years ago, my sister-who-does-not-garden came by and saw my vegetable garden. She thought the compost bins detracted from the overall neat appearance of the rest of the garden and that I should put up some kind of screening or something so they weren’t in plain view.
Hmmm, I hadn’t looked at the compost bins that way. When I looked at them I saw future “black gold”
But she was right.
Now I use temporary bamboo fencing to hide the compost bins.
It does look a lot better. But make no mistake, I’m in no way ashamed of my compost bins. I think they are an important part of the life of the garden.
Before I put the fencing up this evening (finally, it was one of those tasks I hadn’t gotten to in May), I made note of what is growing in the compost.
There is a lot of purslane in there. I think this is why I end up with all kinds of purslane in the garden. It probably grows, flowers, and seeds itself in the compost. From now on, I’m going to put the purslane in the trash!
There is this pretty little geranium growing and blooming.
I also found a fern next to a weed.
There is plenty of costmary (Tanacetum balsamita) in the compost bin.
Here’s what the whole vegetable garden looks like now.
And it does look better with the compost bins hidden behind the bamboo fencing.
Do you screen off your compost bina or leave them in plain sight? What’s growing in your compost bins?