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Composting Good - Composter Bad

By Dyarnell @dyarnell
Toronto has a city-wide composting program, so separating my compostables from my trash has become second nature. Here in Winnipeg there is no municipal program, but there are two composters that came with the is in the lane and the other, presumably for convenience, is closer to the back door.Too close.COMPOSTING GOOD - COMPOSTER BAD I mean really, what do I want to grab my guests' attention, the Blue Angel Clematis growing up the trellis or the "Mulcher 3000"?     
COMPOSTING GOOD - COMPOSTER BADI am a proud composter but even I can see how it may be just a wee bit too prominent.  Since I am in the midst of making that whole side yard into my Sun Garden, the choice is clear.
The funny thing about moving into a new space is that it is someone else's old space. If we are not careful we can fall into their traps.  For example, when you look at the first photo above, does the composter jump out at you as being 'wrong'? How about after I mentioned it?  I am glad I caught this rogue composter in our first year and did not get ``used to it``.
Walks to the lane at thirty below be damned, I am a gardener!
COMPOSTING GOOD - COMPOSTER BADThe lid top-half popped off almost as easily as the lid, which is to say very easily, and while the top half was not fully composted...COMPOSTING GOOD - COMPOSTER BADthe entire bottom half was nothing but `black gold`.
Actually moving the composter was much simpler than I expected it would be and resulted in more lovely compost than I imagined. Yeah!
COMPOSTING GOOD - COMPOSTER BADIn the space it left we could have continued the grass path but I chose instead to add a fruit tree. Rather than having the garden putter out ignominiously into the driveway I want it demarcated with a bang.
In this case a triad of three kinds of cherries: Valentine, Romeo & Carmine Jewel. At the base I am going to add hardy geranium by dividing the clump growing immediately beside it at the base of the trellis. Like all of perennials here it will not have been divided in years.  Having the tree/shrub shoot up out of the middle of the blooming geranium will look a-maz-ing! 
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