Composting, you have probably thought about it. Visions of a giant heap in your backyard that is smelly turn you off from the idea, though. Or maybe townhome, condo, or apartment living restricts you from even attempting it.
Well not any longer.
This very simple compost bin gives you the opportunity to try composting without too much commitment, cost, or space needed. It will debunk some of your ideas about composting.
- Storage bin (the darker the color the better)
Yes, that is all you truly need to make this bin. You can borrow a drill if you do not have one of your own. Storage bins are around $5 at your local mass merchant store, but if you have one that has a crack or hole it and no longer functions properly as a storage bin, you can just use that one for free.
HOW TO MAKE THE COMPOST BIN
Drill holes all over your storage bin. Remember to drill holes on the bottom to allow for water drainage. You want all four sides and the bottom to be covered with random holes.
The lid should have holes drilled into it, as well. This will allow for air to circulate.
USING YOUR COMPOST BIN
Put some dirt in your compost bin. You can grab any random excess dirt you can find or a package of cheap top soil works great to start with.
Add any fruit or vegetable scraps you may have. Peelings and cores are great. Plant clippings and trimmings work wonderfully, too.
Anytime you add contents to the compost bin, you will want to give the bin a shaking. This will help aerate the compost and allow it process faster and more efficiently. Simply attach your lid securely on the bin and rock the bin from side to side. Then tilt it front to back.
Now you have a bin that can easily be put anywhere, even on your patio. Compost does not stink, despite the rumors you have heard. As long as you add the proper ingredients, it actually smells kind of sweet. So place your bin where it is the most convenient for you to use everyday.
Many compost piles will take about a year to provide good compost for use. This bin allows that process to go much faster. You can get good compost in as little as 4-6 months.
TIPS FOR COMPOSTING
- You want your compost to remain moist like a sponge. This provides optimum conditions for the articles to decompose.
- If possible, place your bin in an uncovered area to allow rain to moisten the compost. This will help conserve water.
- Never add any food that has had salt or butter added to it.
- Never add any dairy products or meats to your compost. If it grew in the ground then you can add it.
- Add a glass of water to your compost each time you add waste. This will help maintain the desired moisture level.
- Adding worms to your compost really helps the process along.
- The smaller the articles you add to your compost, the faster they will decompose. So try cutting peeling and trimming into smaller pieces before adding.