Drivers can see the flowers and shrubs outside the florist shop on Hickory Street in Abilene. The back of the shop is hidden to customers, but not exactly a secret.
"I have enough scraps to keep it pretty full,” says shop owner Kim Copeland.
Having a passion for plants and going green, Copeland started her business not too long ago. Fixing up the back of her shop is an ongoing project for Copeland. She has three compost piles out back.
"I have enough compost to share too,” says Copeland.
Dig deep and you can find some rich soil within the compost. Conditions are best during the fall.
"We try to recycle our stems instead of throwing everything away,” says Copeland.
Not only with a compost pile but also through a keyhole garden. Each of the leftover stems and scraps from the day go in the middle of the keyhole garden.
"I don't have any problems filling it up,” adds Copeland.
Everything will eventually turn into a rich soil. Water is a key ingredient. You need about eight to ten gallons each time you water the garden.
"One busy day can almost fill up my keyhole garden,” says Copeland.
Takes a while for the soil to materialize.
"We about have it ready to mulch,” mentions Copeland.
Composting is a tool Copeland learned through the Master Gardeners Program in Abilene, a group now curious about her success not only in her shop but also behind the scenes.
In the future Copeland would like to incorporate rainwater harvesting outback.