Thursday, August 21, 2008

Update on the composter...although I have been using some finished product this season, I haven't added to it as often as I'd like, since the worm bin gets a lot of the scraps. Well as I lifted the lid, who did I see? This compost thief cute skink was dashing around, presumably hunting bugs. Guess it's not very hot in here, eh? Then let's get some "hot composting action" going! After a few layers of kitchen scraps and garden cleanup debris, I'll top it with these biodegradeable packing peanuts. They're made from cornstarch, and just dissolve in water....

.....see? They're mellllting! Just like the witch on the Wizard of Oz (or your boss, ex-girlfriend, whatever :) . I really love it when shippers use these, and in a perfect composting world, it would be a law!
Unless your shipping something that may get wet! (Hope they come up with a biodegradeable product for that, too.) Note: No skinks were harmed in the manipulation of this compost! He jumped out right away and ran off in the grass. For now...

14 comments:

MrBrownThumb said...

How cool I wish I could find the odd reptile in my garden.

lisa said...

Thank you! They ARE awesome, and part of the reson I don't mow...I want them to have cover to navigate around the place. I really hope to propagate some nice sedge I already have as an all-over lawn grass, it gets @ 6" high, then gracefully bows over. It seems to brown a lot w/o H2O though, so perhaps some research and a "sun/shade sedge" mix is in order.

Yolanda Elizabet said...

What a beautifully coloured skink! A nice suprise to find in the compost bin. Love those biodegradeable packing peanuts and yes it should be mandatory to use them as they are much much better than those plastic ones. I haven't come across them here.

BTW it's happy hour at Bliss.

gintoino said...

Those blue skinks are amazingly beautiful. We have lots of skinks in the garden too but they are more of a brown/grey color (which is good for camuflage and hiding from my female dog who thinks of them a delicacy)

Cinj said...

Cute little fella! My compost pile isn't very hot either. Of course that may have something to do with all of the good garbage being grabbed by animal bandits. I guess this means I need to build a compost bin next.

lisa said...

Yolanda-Yes absolutely...sometimes I wish our government would "make" us do something useful...y'know? "Happy Hour"....oh heck yes!!! SIGN ME UP!!
>:-)


Gintoino-I'm glad to hear you have some reptiles too...glad they know how to "manage" and compensate...:)

Cinj-Yea, sometimes the wild things find your compost to be a dinner bell...*sigh* Do what you can, eh? :)

troutbirder said...

Hmmm. As a compost novice I can't seem to warm my pile up either. Frustrating. Cool skink though.

lisa said...

I have heard that you can add a 5 lb. bag of super-cheap dog food to your composter, stir, and water it in...the grain in the cheap food helps create heat. I did it last year, and it did seem to accelerate things.

Carol said...

I've never seen a lizard of any kind in my garden. I'm surprised you have them way up in Wisconsin!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

lisa said...

You know, when I lived in northwestern Indiana, the only things I saw were salmanders and snakes. Up here, it seems to have a lot to do with wood piles/cover, as well as insect population. I'm VERY happy to have the skinks as well as most all the critters around here! I read one time how you can dreate habitat for snakes and such by lying down old doors, especially partly under a tree for some shade...never know what you may get(for May Dreams! ;-)

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Love the lizard. I wish I could find me some of them melting peanuts, way cool.

lisa said...

Deb-I'm embarrassed to say that my "extensive retail experience" has led to the melting peanut discovery...heh, at least I'm "stimulating the economy"! :)

Annie in Austin said...

Your skink is beautiful, Lisa - we have geckos and anoles and the occasional fence lizard...usually on a wall. I'm trying to make leaf mould and it's very slow - maybe last weeks rain will kick things up before it's time to rake again.

Perhaps those ferocious Indiana rabbits eat Carol's lizards before she even sees them.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

lisa said...

Aren't lizards just cool? I've heard great things about leaf mold, and oak mold in particular. I've never tried to make any though...I'll have to see how yours turns out! Heh...I can just see a vicious Hoosier rabbit running away with a lizard in its' mouth! :)