during the winter there’ll be decomposition, and by the end of spring we might
have two bins with good compost.
our “problem” will be what to do with all of it.
noted earlier, we try to save at least a barrel of it to cover the summer’s
kitchen contributions. If we don’t save enough, we’ll have to go and buy
some more bags of earth, and won’t we feel dumb doing that. (Yes, we will.
ask me how I know.)
rest of the compost can go to our garden or bare patches of lawn. It’ll
be a treat they’ll appreciate, with new minerals and elements feeding the
plants through the growing seasons. Not to mention the improved texture of the
earth allowing water and oxygen to penetrate down to the plant’s roots.
is a good -- and short (60 seconds) -- video of how to use compost.
experts say compost is about the single best thing we can do for our plants. Better than
the topsoil we buy in bags.
Best of all, maybe, by making compost, we’ve created something good
from something we were going to discard. We’ve returned earth to earth. In
fact, we’ve improved the earth.
doesn’t get any better than composting.
this has encouraged you to give composting a try. I'd enjoy hearing that
it has: usarmycwo at yahoo dot com.
The October 2008 issue of "This Old House" magazine has a
detailed article on composting that counters some of my advice. For
it recommends grass clippings (I don't) and says "Aerate the pile with a pitchfork or shovel about once a week to
distribute air and moisture...." which you know I think leads to a
pulled back. Reading the article, you'd say composting is way too
hard and not even want to try. Please give my simple methods a chance
before giving up.
In 2008 we moved to a subdivision near San Antonio with a small back yard and
privacy fences. The first couple years we didn't have any compost bins,
deciding the simple pole-and-chicken wire bins wouldn't work here as
they did in our Georgia spread. A tumbler-type
composter was considered. Knew we had to do something, but didn't know what.
Here's what we've used the past
two Soilsaver bins. We like them a lot.
They're sized just right, neither too large nor too
small. They're durable; in their eighth Texas summer they haven't
deteriorated a bit. They produce good compost without turning dirt over. They don't look bad
in a suburban back yard. And they're priced right, about $60 each.
The photo below left shows what they looked like
in our back yard.
But four years later I decided they were placed wrong, too much shaded by
the fence. So when the right bin was empty, I moved it up about ten feet, into
the full sun, then moved the other bin when it also got empty. The right
photo below shows how it looks now, along with the can to hold our finished
compost. It's working great. (Tip: place the bins and can so that our
lawnmower can squeeze between them.)
By the way, compost works as
well in Texas as it did in Georgia. Here's a photo of some plants my wife
planted next to the back patio. Out-of-control!
3. For a few cents at Amazon,
buy a used copy of "Let It Rot," by Stu Campbell. The book is full
of good information. More information than we
need but at least it's there if we want it. And I like
the author's attitude.
http://backyardgrowers.com/23-ingenious-diy-compost-bin-ideas/ has an
enjoyable video and a lot of ideas for bins you might like more than mine.
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