Many people make composting much too complicated but it doesn’t need to be. Here are some easy ideas and the basics you need to know to get started!
How to Compost
I have to say that there are 3 things that are my passion, compost, making lye soap and saving money. Don’t ask me why but I just LOVE compost! I know, it doesn’t take much to give me a thrill!
I keep an old ice cream bucket with a lid for trimmings from my kitchen to put in the compost pile. All tea bags, coffee grinds and filters, eggshells, paper towel, veggie scraps (you can use them to make vegetable broth first), newspaper without colored inks. You could also keep a plastic bag or container, like a large ice cream bucket in the freezer.
Dump it in a pile and let it rot.
Really it’s basically that simple. Don’t use meat scraps. Only vegetable scraps, garden clippings, grass, leaves etc. I just put mine in a big pile and let it rot for a year and then use it. I have had in the past 2 piles that I contained with wood pallets. I just made a little fence with the pallets. I would turn the pile every couple of months with a pitch fork from the 1st pile into the second. That just let air in to get it rotting faster.
You can also stick a piece of PVC pipe with holes drilled in it in the middle of your pile. This lets in air and you can stick the hose down the center of it to give it some water if it’s really dry out. It rots faster with moisture.
You can also contain your pile in a trashcan or something like that. Basically just dump it in and let it rot. You can drill holes all over the sides. Then just dump in your scraps. Every week or so, snap on the lid and roll around, it mixes it and then you will have wonderful compost in a few weeks to a few months.
Ask local farmers or chicken farms for manure. Be sure to compost it before using to get all the weed seeds killed.
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