My seedlings are still doing quite well- I've had a few die off here and there, but most of them are fairing nicely. We still haven't picked out the perfect spot for our garden bed, but we've got plenty of time to get that taken care of.
Last weekend Ry built us a composting bin in hopes of brewing up some nice fertile soil for our garden-to-be.
Green and Ry ceremoniously adding the first orange peel
I have a soft spot for botany (and a fair portion of a biology degree), so I was pleased to learn that there is actually a good amount of science behind the table scraps rotting away in the corner of our yard. Here is what I've gleaned so far:
When composting, you want to keep a carbon (brown, dry yard waste) to nitrogen (green, plant material, fruits and veggies) of roughly 30:1 - but close enough is good enough in a home composting situation. It will all break down eventually!
There are many different ways to construct your bin (or you can buy one for like $100)
Add material in brown and green layers
You want to keep your pile moist but not totally soaking, like a wrung out sponge
Covering it is also a good idea- heat speeds up the process
It is a good idea to turn your pile every time something new is added - this oxygenates the pile, speeding up the breakdown process - Once your pile is as big as you intend to make it, it is a good idea to turn it every three days or so
Finished compost can be ready in as little as 3 months or can take up to a year
Here is an awesome resource if you are thinking about composting!