And isn't that the point?
We went to Home Depot to buy some fencing and posts and after tallying the nearly $100 worth of supplies in our cart, I thought there must be a better way. And if not better, at least cheaper. Down the aisle there were a bunch of cheap buckets, huge cheap buckets and it gave me an idea...wouldn't a trash can of some sort work fine if we drilled holes into it for circulation?
I suggested it to T and he remembered that he had a big square trash can at the warehouse, with a lid, that they hated because the bags they had never stayed around the top. So we concluded that free sounded plenty good to us. After returning our goods to their appointed places on the shelves, we sauntered off feeling creative and rich with ideas and promise (grin).
Don't ask me the size of the drill bit, because I have no idea -- no really, if you want to know, I'll get the info for you but I don't think there's any real science here. I'm just making it up as I go along...
Basically, I know the receptacle needs enough space for air to get through to feed the "fire", enough drainage so that the bottom doesn't just get gunky and wet. Our other bin actually sits flat on the ground, which is ideal, but I'm guessing this will work as well.
Oscar, eat your heart out!
I moved the new compost bin to the garden right next to the other one. Knowing it's coming on winter and this thing is a little more rickety than I'd prefer, I figured a little landscaping brick in the bottom will keep it securely in place.
If I've learned anything at all in my 41 years it's to leave space to succeed, or to fail. It doesn't really matter much which, because I'm going to learn something from it either way. And learning from our experiences is what this trip on the earth is all about. This is what I LOVE about my life! Got an idea? Try it! Roll with it and see what happens. We don't learn from sitting on the sidelines...we learn by jumping in with both feet and squishing our toes around in the mud...
Or in a big sloppy mess of food scraps and yard waste that won't decompose. Really? Won't decompose? It's going to decompose one way or the other, I promise you...so why not give it a go?
Now, where was I?
Next, I built a base that will allow for air to move through...
Next, we're going for combination of brown and green -- this balance of dry and wet is what gets things moving. Too wet and the "fire" goes out. Too dry and it can't hold its heat...it has nothing to work on. Knowing that I'll be adding more wet than dry as the fall and winter move on, I'm starting with quite a bit of dry to stir into over time.
See the other bin over there? Happily cooking away! It will be uninterrupted for the season except for the occasional turn to keep it processing.
Hey, we do what we can with what we've got.
I'll be putting new scraps in every week (rule of thumb is all organic material except any kind of meat or bones) and turning it every week or two (take the pitch fork to it and stir it around a bit). I don't worry a whole lot about how much true cooking takes place over the winter, or how good the wet/dry balance is...I can get it going much better come spring and warmer temps.
What I am glad for is to have space to get something ready for use at some point in the not so distant future.
So, how about you? Do you compost? What system works best for you?//
What's For Dinner Tonight?
It's an exceptionally busy week so after last night's production, I imagine the bulk of the week will be quick and easy. Tonight, I went for flatbread pizza, this time loaded with fresh garlic, spinach, mushrooms, pesto sauce and freshly grated mozzarella cheese. It always amazes me how something this easy can be so good -- and get veggies in me at the same time!
I have to admit I was jonesin' for some roasted squash like last time. Mmm, mmm, good!
Have a great night!
P.S. The traps have been empty since yesterday! Hooray!