I’ve been bugging my hubs to build me a compost bin or compost pile since we moved into our house two summers ago, and last month he finally made my wish come true!
We decided to make a compost pile instead of bin because it was a simpler, easier project and we could use materials that we already had on hand. We (well really just Jer) made a two stall open pile, using reclaimed wood – some pallets and a piece of leftover fence from our neighbor – so this great compost cost us nothing to build!
Here is the compost pile “before”. I have been wanting to compost for so long, but didn’t have a dedicated bin or pile, so finally I just started throwing food scraps in the back corner of our yard and then Jer would add grass clippings or yard stuff to it every once and a while. But, I really didn’t just want to leave it an open pile like this.
My awesome hubs hard at work building the walls.
And here it is when he was finished.
This is what it looks like today. We’ve been piling stuff up on the left hand side, and once it gets full, we’ll let it sit and turn into compost while we start adding to the pile on the right hand side. I have been amazed and how much this has decreased our overall garbage, and while I still hate throwing away food, I don’t feel as bad when I know it’s going in the compost pile to become something that will nourish our plants and help our garden to grow.
I’m actually planning to start adding to the right hand side soon so that the left side can do it’s thing and make me some compost before the fall. I want to spread it over my garden boxes to get ready for next year.
I think I need to add some more “brown” material though. I really have no idea what I’m doing as far as composting goes – we just throw our stuff in there and hope it will turn into compost. I went to a composting workshop last year and it was really informative, and he talked about having the right mixture of “brown” and “green”, but the main thing I walked away with is that it is not too complicated and you should just go for it and start composting and not worry about if you are doing it “right”. So that’s what we’ve done. We’ll see how it works out for us!
Now I just really need to figure out a good system for keeping my kitchen scraps until I’m ready to take them out to the pile. And what about during the winter? Hmmm, I don’t want to think about that yet. I’m trying to enjoy the final days of summer!
Do you compost? Do you use a bin or a pile? How do you store your kitchen scraps before they head to the compost?
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