Good garden soil is critical to success so this summer we’re making a real effort to compost our yard waste. Within an hour or so of building our new pile – four layers so far, alternating between 3 inches of grass clippings (nitrogen) and 3 inches of straw (carbon) — the thermometer was reading over 110 degrees, a vast improvement over our previous dump-everything-in-a-pile technique.

There’s an art to creating good soil and Alaskan Ellen Vande Visse has provided some tips on her Good Earth Garden School site. The direct link to her composting information (available as PDFs) is here.