…a very brief and very simple look at composting.
Meet my compost bin!
As I go about my work in the kitchen she collects odds and bits to be tossed into our (yet to be established) compost pile that will fertilize our garden.
Every garden should host a compost pile. It is a very simple and inexpensive way to recycle your kitchen scraps and put them to work for you. Even while your garden is asleep during these winter months, you can be preparing for the upcoming growing season by starting a compost pile.
What can go into your bin:
- Coffee grounds and filters
- Tea bags
- Vegetable peelings
- Egg shells
- Dryer lint
What cannot go into the bin:
- Meat products
- Dairy products
- These will attract unwanted guests (as in rodents) to your compost pile.
Composting can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it but really, all you need to do is:
1. Designate an out of the way corner of your yard to collect your scraps. Fancy tumblers and crates are fine, but they really aren’t necessary, especially when you are just getting started.
2. Periodically toss your scraps. Husbie tosses mine for me every day. Yard waste such as weeds that have not gone to seed, leaves, plant waste that is not diseased, and grass clippings that have not been chemically treated can also be added to the pile.
3. Monitor your compost heap for signs of progress. Compost will happen on its own, but if you want to speed things up a bit keep it moist by watering it with a hose when it appears to be dry, cover it with a dark tarp to keep it warm speeding up the decomposition process, and turn it often so that it will decompose evenly. We try to turn ours once a week.
Compost that is black and crumbly is ready to use. Sift it out from your pile and work it into your garden soil or use as a top dressing for your transplants.
Done properly compost shouldn’t smell or attract rodents.
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Your kitchen compost pail can be as simple as a bucket or small trash can but here are some fancier ones available from Amazon: