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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tell The Truth Tuesday -- My Compost and Shed Area

You may have noticed in last week's inaugural Tell The Truth Tuesday post, far in the background of one of the photos, there was an abundance of clutter in my compost area. In fact, the area all around my shed near the compost bins is a mess. Over the years this part of the garden has become a catch-all area, where crap tends to congregate. Until recently there were hundreds -- and I do mean hundreds -- of gallon pots here. I managed to sort through them -- kept some and tossed the rest in our recycle bin. I still have quite a few larger pots, which sometimes come in useful. The really big five-gallon pots contain compost ingredients that haven't made it into the bins yet, mainly because what's currently in the bins has aged and needs to be shoveled out and used.

What else is here? Plant supports of various kinds, planks, old pieces of driftwood and branches that I want to save, a dead tree that I plan to paint and use as a vine support...

I'm sure you get the picture.

In fact, here is a picture.

Coffee grounds

Bag of shredded paper

All kinds of stuff has accumulated around the back of the shed -- old sheets of clear plastic and hoops from when I had a hoophouse, old hoses, old pots, old racks, etc., all covered with Douglas fir litter.

And at the other corner in the front, we find the ubiquitous pile of rocks, mini pot ghetto and miscellaneous accoutrements. It's nothing like the so-called "She Shed" that appears everywhere on Pinterest, so meticulously decorated inside and out. Shall I open the doors and show you what's inside my shed?

Forget it. I'm not opening these doors. At least the shed is recently painted.

I also realized recently, after peering inside the compost bin for the first time in months, that the raccoons have been using it as a toilet.

Little piles of raccoon poop

The raccoon toilet problem had a not-too-arduous solution, of course. On one of our recent, very cold mornings, I went out with an empty grocery bag and spade, gloved up, and shoveled all the poop into the bag and tossed it into our trash. Fortunately, since the temperature was below freezing, the poop was still frozen and not too messy or dangerous to handle.

Not a pleasant task, but at least a relatively easy one.

And now, with the lid down, hopefully there isn't enough room for them to get in and do their nasty business.

How tidy is your compost area? Do you have a spot in your garden where stuff accumulates? What do you do with old pots? Do you have some ugliness worse than this to show us all?

Tell us your troubles in a post, if you feel up to confessing your sins, or simply in a comment if you prefer.


  1. I DARE you to open the doors of your shed. All in all this doesn't look too bad. Every garden needs a work area, right? I've joined you this week for TtTT.

  2. As I was reading, I too wondered what's inside the shed. I couldn't dare your to show us, but it would be grand if you did :-)
    I have the same type of empty pots, left over sticks, wires etc, but they all must go in the shed: the homeowner is a bit particular about the unsightly stuff... I'm TOTALY jealous of your compost been. I'd love me one of those!

  3. Since I have no spot like this in my garden most all of the inevitable clutter goes in the garage, but since we just did a dump run a few weeks back it's a tidy space right now. Maybe I'll have a scary photo to share by the end of the summer...

  4. I think all your junk looks neat and tidy. It looks like someone cares about the little things. I like to think we all have areas like this. I know I certainly do. I just posted about our pleasant walk today. I will try to get some photos of my messy spaces. I have more than one let me tell ya. Since I don't see them often I don't worry too much about them. It is bad enough that I have to do poop patrol because of my dog. I would hate to think I had to clean up after raccoons.

  5. The area behind our garage looks much the same, although much of the problem has to do with my husband's reluctance to throw anything away - what he thinks we're going to do with all the plastic edging material we pulled up when we removed out lawns (years ago!), I don't know. There are also tiki torches left by the former owner and 2 screen doors there too - my empty plastic pots are nothing in comparison. I plan to have a post up on my ugly back slope tomorrow.

  6. While your messes aren't pretty, they really aren't that bad either. Real gardeners have work and storage areas.

  7. I just made it with a TTTT post before midnight--forgot it was Tuesday.

    Your area is pretty tidy, the compost bin well-built, and the outside of your shed looks great. Who needs to see the inside, anyway?

  8. Raccoon poop! Oh, the indignities that gardeners must endure. But you have to wonder, do raccoons really feel the need for privacy when they relieve themselves? That shows more delicacy than I would have expected.


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