Compost Day

Isn’t every day compost day?

Yes, but today was different.

We have a week of heavy rains ahead in San Diego, so today was a good one for our annual tree composting. All that rain will soak the nutrients into the soil and “feed” the trees.


Compost Bin Before

Compost materials are:

  • Dirt
  • Lots of leaves
  • Coffee grounds
  • Eggshells
  • Vegetable scraps
  • Dying plants

The bin is 10 steps from our kitchen to make day-to-day additions convenient.


Sir Prize Avocado

Spread 4 bucketfuls.

“Tickle” the existing soil to loosen it and break up any compacted areas. Then “tickle” in the composted materials. Lotta tickling here.

Then mix in the tree’s leaves. More tickling. Add leaf-crunching.



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2 buckets.

2 bucketfuls

Leaf composting



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1 bucket.

Looks like pure jungle up close.

And add some gypsum to help the tree access more nutrients in the clay.


Haas Avocado

4 buckets, however a couple of these were spread along the north wall behind the Cherimoya and Sir Prize.



2 buckets, 1/2 a bucketful spread along the adjacent lemon tree.

And add True Blue to get the soil pH to the blueberries’ taste.

Thanks for the tip, Greg Alder! You rock!


After: The Circle of Life

Just enough leftover to get us started for next year.

In Jurassic Park, Jeff Goldblum famously said, “Life, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, finds a way.”

This volunteer tomato plant grew out of the compost.

And the cycle continues with the plant in the garden.


Thanks for reading and stay tuned!

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