New large compost at Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds
Folks don't usually find beauty in old shipping pallets, rotting leaves, and worms but seeing the past and the landscape from a new perspective is a big part of what we are about at Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds. We have constructed a temporary leaf composter from the aforesaid shipping crates, filled it with leaves raked up from our yard (in large part by student-volunteers from Lasell College), and with the addition of Red Wiggler worms, magic will happen! By next spring, we will have a useful supply of naturally and organically composted material for use in our Educational Gardening programs-- a key facet of our school field trip experiences.
Leaves, especially oak leaves which are abundant here, often take several years to break down to friable soil. But Red Wigglers (Eisenia fetida) break these materials down into a plantable humus in very short order. The inhabitants of the Durant-Kenrick house in the 18th century would have used the soil as it was found (which was very fertile indeed in New England, without any amendments, until after the Revolution), and the Kenricks in the 19th century would have "nourished the ground" primarily with animal waste. We will use the composting of leaves from our own beautiful arboriculture-- a sustainable and more aesthetically pleasing solution. The bins will be dismantled in Spring and put together again for next Autumn's leaf collection.
Thanks for the great work to you Lasell students (and you industrious Red Wigglers as well!)