Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Getting ready for summer

Penny is rarely clipped, but we knew we'd better bite the bullet and do it, if we want to check for ticks, now that they are in Melbourne.

So, this is Penny a few weeks ago...


And now...


Waste not, want not - we put her fur in the compost.



All of my composting books agree that pet hair is a great source of nitrogen.


The 'Bible' of composting, The Rodale Book of Composting, says: Between 6 and 7 pounds of hair contain as much nitrogen as 100 to 200 pounds of manure. Like feathers, hair will decompose rapidly in a compost pile but only if well moistened and thoroughly mixed with an aerating material. Hair tends to pack down and shed water, so chopping or turning the pile regularly will hasten decay.

Hmm... after reading that, I realise I'd better get out there tomorrow and break up the clumps of hair.

4 comments:

Molly and Mackie said...

We bet you are feeling more frisky with shorter fur, Penny! It works that way with us.

parlance said...

Molly and Mackie, you are so right! Penny is frisking about.

curator said...

Why, she looked very sleek and stylish! I hope you both are well!

parlance said...

Thanks, curator. She's much more comfortable with short fur.