Older than dirt

June 10, 2008

Home 'Improvement', Lloyd

It was getting past noon and I still hadn’t taken a shower. And, as everyone knows, the only way to justify going into the afternoon without a shower is to get really, really dirty.

We have a fenced in area out behind the garden shed where we dump leaves every year. We call it our compost pile, but we know that to make compost you have to turn it over, add a little dirt and let some air get into the works. We don’t do any of those things. Once a year we dump a whole bunch of leaves on top of last years’ leaves.

Well, it turns out that if you are patient you don’t have to do any of that other stuff. If you’re willing to wait about a decade the leaves will turn into dirt all on their own.

When we moved into our house (about a decade ago, go figure) we had a home inspector come and look things over and tell us what needed to be done. The previous owners fixed some things and we’ve done a few since then. One of the things he said we should do is add some dirt to the south side of the house so that water would drain away from the house more effectively.

Now I happen to be an expert on water (I’m over 70% water by volume) and I knew that our water was draining fine. But twice a year Lauren brings up the fact that we haven’t added any dirt to the south side of the house. Eventually it’s enough to get to a guy, so, as I needed an excuse not to have showered I put my new dirt on the south side of the house.

Oh, only the bottom of the pile was actually dirty, so I had to tunnel under.

The beer is for scale

Trucks use low gear.

It’s really more of a loam.

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Lloyd Sommerer is a middle/high school teacher who likes to build websites, read books, grow beards, make fun of Lauren’s prototypes and eat the sauce of the picante.

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15 Responses to “Older than dirt”

  1. Kathi D Said on:

    And now you have aerated the bottom of the pile! Voila!


    • Lloyd Said on:

      Yes, with any luck we’ll have more dirt in less than a decade. Actually, for the last few years I’ve been borrowing The Pester’s leaf vacuum, so the leaves are already in little bits. Oh, and there’s the whole other half of the compost pile to mine too. There were 8 or 9 wheelbarrows full in the first half.


  2. Deanne Said on:

    Nice work, and well worth an afternoon of not showering.


  3. Brad Said on:

    Decomposed leaves are garden GOLD! Now I want to plant something there. Except it’s always so dry there. Maybe I’ll just plant some plastic flowers. Or a bunny.


  4. Rae Said on:

    I’ll admit that I am not nearly as quick as you and Sam on some things, so please be patient. What’s with the caption on the second picture about trucks and low gear?


  5. Peggy Said on:

    A loam? I think it looks more like a Shire.

    (stop using words I don’t know)


  6. Annette Said on:

    Very clever use of a beer bottle, but I don’t think it will grow…or turn to dirt.


  7. Beth Said on:

    I think Brad’s stash of dead bunnies will fit nicely in that cave…and perhaps speed up the decomposition by adding some fauna to the mix.


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