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Composting 101

April 21, 2011

Last year I thought it would be a good idea to start a compost pile in my backyard but I didn’t want to spend a few hundred dollars on a large bin so I decided to make my own compact one.

Well as you can see from the pictures it didn’t turn out so well. The cover blew off and I neglected to make drainage holes. The result was a mucky mess similar to what you might find in your gutters. Oh well, I learned from my mistakes and I took another crack at it.

This time I purchased a thin, light plastic garbage can with a lock and wheels. I drilled a lot of air holes on the top and sides (air circulation and drainage is important).

Now the bin is ready to be filled. I don’t have to worry too much about layers since I will be tumbling the contents.

Here is a list of things I’m  adding:

Hair (untreated – no chemicals or dyes)
Dryer lint
Coffee grounds
Muck from gutters
Crushed egg shells
Non–meat scraps from kitchen (cut up into small pieces – un-cooked)

My neighbor adds a can of beer to “get things started” !

Once the bin is filled (I don’t want to over-fill it since I want plenty of air circulation and the contents to be able to move around freely when I roll it) I place the bin on its side and roll it around. I do this about once a week and in 4 to 6 weeks I should have beautiful homemade compost for my garden.

I’ll keep you posted.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 7, 2011 2:07 pm

    would love to hear how it goes. my compost has been a little too buggy for my liking, but i am keeping at it.

    • June 7, 2011 2:51 pm

      great Anna, I’ll be sure to post an update. So far it seems to going well.

    • August 4, 2011 6:24 pm

      I also have had issues with bugs – I found that if I turn it over a little more often that has helped – it was a little too wet so I covered it up with a tarp when we have a lot of rain

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