When my husband first started talking about wanting to compost I was very reluctant. All I could think was a big pile of rotting scraps with bugs and mice everywhere. So, I discouraged him for as long as I could, until one day
he came in from outside and said “Come look what I just built.”. I walked outside and this was in the back of our backyard.
Since I had deterred him from buying one of the fancy composting bins that turn and what not, he built this out of scraps we had. It’s a ten by ten square and it’s about four foot deep made of some leftover four by fours and leftover tin from our roof. It serves its purpose and gets the job done.
Once he very throughly explained the benefits of composting, the type of soil we have, see this post and why composting would help us I was completely on board.
We have this container for inside to keep from having to run outside a million times a day.
It holds two and a half gallons and has a charcoal filter for the lid so that it doesn’t get stinky.Amazon link if you want to read more and purchase. Once the inside bin gets full, we just take it out and dump it. David will then get out there every few days (less since its been cold and rainy) turn the pile over and water it. We have the tarp because if the scraps are covered they will break down faster and some of the microorganisms need the moisture to do their job. The kids will sometimes dig through the pile for worms and bugs to feed the chickens. (Yes, they really are country kids.). Not often though because we need those worms and bugs to do their jobs and break down the scraps. We dumped a few bags of organic mushroom compost in there with the scraps just to have something to turn the scraps in to.
We’ve had it about a year and you can see it’s pretty full. It has been fun to watch vegetables, fruits, leaves, coffee grounds, etc. break down and turn into nutrient rich fertilizer. I can’t wait to spread it on our garden this Spring and see what difference it makes with our crops.
So, the moral of the story? You don’t need a fancy composting bin to compost. Just get out there and do it! And, if you’re wondering what all you can compost here is a handy little chart from The Enduring Gardener
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