For as long as I can remember, we've saved and recycled our compost. We've tried a lot of different methods, from burying it to using a hand-cranked composter. Finally, now that we live on a farm and can do things right, we built ourselves a set of compost bins out of cinder block, gravel and re-bar.
There are four bins. One for black dirt (that's what my brother is sitting on), compost, and sand (that's what my sister is sitting on). The black dirt is essentially manure that is so old that it has turned into dirt -- the best nutrient rich dirt ever. The sand is just something we buy and add to our garden soil because the ground around here is mostly clay.
Today the children when out to shuck the corn right into the compost bins.
That sure was handy.
Oh, and corn silk makes for a good nutritious snack -- if you didn't know.
It feels good to start cultivating the farm. Little by little we are building sheds, grading the yards, making flowerbeds, deciding where the lawns will be, and planting trees. It will be a long time before everything is finished -- in fact I don't think it ever will be. But that means we get to dream and make those dreams come true for a very long time.