I don't actually know a lot about gardening, since most of what I learn is by bumbling through and a little half-assed internet research and a book or two thrown in, so I might be totally wrong, but I figured adding some compost would cure whatever ailed my soil, so I began questing for some. Sure, I could go buy some, either from a home improvement store in little bags of about 40 lbs each or from a landscape company that would probably deliver it in some giant truck that would freak out my neighbors and perhaps bring more of an eye to what I'm up to than I'm ready for at this point. Buying things is always my option of a last resort, though.
I've been keeping my eye on Freecycle for free compost and/or manure as well. I responded to such a post a couple years ago, a shovel your own kind of deal, for horse manure, but when I got there, the lady who offered it wouldn't let me shovel it myself, since I was very visibly pregnant at the time. She shoveled it into the bags I brought for me! Bonus! This year, I wasn't able to get any of the offers I saw on Freecycle, so I was starting to lose hope.
At the church auction a few days ago, I was extremely excited to see "horse manure, delivered" on the list of items to be auctioned off. I excitedly bid on it, and won it for $30, which wouldn't have even covered the gas if I went to pick it up, since I'd have to take multiple trips fairly far away in my mini-van to get it. However, the next day at church, I was crushed to discover that there had been a miscommunication and it couldn't be delivered. Fortunately, they didn't still hold me to paying the $30, since that price was supposed to include delivery. Unfortunately, that meant my quest for compost continued.
|A "crapload" of composted chicken poop|
I had another plan though. My source for free eggs offered me the opportunity to clean out a corn crib they had used to keep naughty roosters away from the hens, a rooster prison, if you will. It was quite a while ago that it had been used for this purpose, so the chicken poo was well composted and beautiful. With the help of my mom and far, far too much "help" from my kids, we got it bagged up and brought home in my van yesterday.
Yay! Quest complete...I think. I'll be spreading it around my garden areas this afternoon and making sure I have enough. If not, the quest continues!