Cooper Review Gardener’s Corner

Cooper Review - The Garden Corner

The Cooper Review is the local paper for Delta County and they recently featured my Direct Composting article in their Gardener’s Corner. This column is a neat addition and it’s my hope the locals enjoyed the read.

This piece began by going down memory lane because as many of you know gardening began at Grandma’s house.

The Gardener's Corner

Direct composting is one of my favorite gardening tips grandma shared and if you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know that I reference it often.

I’ve been using it here at Quail Grove in new raised beds and I’ve already seen a huge difference in the soil.  Every time I dig, I’m almost always greeted by worms.  I LOVE that!

This article goes into detail about how Direct Composting works with little effort. It’s a matter of simplifying without sacrificing natural results; this is a neat way to keep your garden healthy.

For backyard gardens you can manage soil with less difficulty by implementing raised beds, mine are doing fantastic. I’ve gardened in clay soil before but not like the black clay we have here; I was a little intimidated at first and now I’m excited because between direct composting and natural elements they’re producing positive results…. To read more about amending clay read here.

Direct Composting by Carole West

If you didn’t get a chance to read this article then browse the blog, you’ll find lots of goodness or come and see me at the next Make & Take Workshop in Cooper – We’re having fun by doing more and sometimes we even chat about gardening.  Workshop Sign Up is here.

A huge thank you to the Cooper Review for giving me the opportunity to share with their readers.


  1. daisy says:

    So exciting, Carole! You are helping so many people with your information. I just reread the article on amending clay soil and will be sure to add ash from now on. Thank you!

    1. Carole says:

      So glad you like the amending clay soil article. I’m just amazed at the results, my herb beds are doing amazing and I’m hoping in May to share them again so y’all can see the results. Looks like I may have blackberries too – the key to clay isn’t to just embrace the positives and amend like crazy..

  2. Patti says:

    I just wanted to say that I think a lot of people are feeling down this time of year, myself included. I blame it on the weather because usually April though it may be somewhat rainy has many sunshiny days and warmer weather. As you have said, “This to shall pass.” Thanks for being a positive example and congrats on the fab article. I practice lazy composting which mean throwing all my brown and green debris in one big pile. Then I just dig at the bottom when I want some good soil

    1. Carole says:

      Good Morning Patti – our weather has been weird too, colder than normal and wet. But yes… this to shall pass…. I say that a lot… Gotta have a positive attitude to survive this crazy world… I love that concept… lazy composting – you should do a post on that just tell it like it is… Have a great weekend I’m hoping to finally get started on my new book.

  3. Penny says:

    Hi Carole, how fantastic for you, to have a article in your local paper. I love reading all your articles, it always make me smile, and the helpful information never goes astray. Here in Australia, we are going into our winter, and that’s when I like to build things in the garage with wood. I have promised myself to do some of the projects you have done in your workshops (a bit far for me to travel to attend 🤣) And yes we all have bad days, and it easy for one to forget you would have them too, as you always seam so ‘bubbly and bright and positive’ from a distance, (even this far away) 😊 I true credit to You. Power of Positive thinking has got me to this age, and I have a few more years I want to see and do things before I become ‘worn food’ 😂
    You are truely doing Wonderful work on your land, credit to you and Robert, I wish you both all the Best wishes for a truely wonderful year 😊

    1. Carole says:

      Good Morning Penny – Well it may be evening where you are so how about G-Day? That was a fun piece to share, maybe I need to seek some Australian magazines because I sell books there all the time. Any titles you would recommend?

      I’d love to see what you make so be sure to send me pictures and then I can add them to that project post with your permission.

      I do have bad days like everybody else but have found staying positive helps me fly past those moments much faster. So yesterday we went and saw a movie and saw Midnight Sun…. I was reminded of so many things needless to say it was really good… Bottom line is to be grateful for the little things… Like Time….

      Update for this place is we finally got septic installed on the first two properties so we’re so close to getting property #1 ready to sell. Just have a couple things left to do and most of it involves the weather cooperating. Hugs – Have a great week ahead and thanks for stopping by to share… Carole

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