As H and I have expanded our CSA this year (we got fruit and veggies) we’ve realized that we are tossing out quite a bit of stuff that isn’t really garbage – mainly, compost. At the old place, this wouldnt have been that big of a problem – we had a compost heap, and all scrap food that could go into the compost heap went in there. Unfortunately, the old heap and container were too heavy to move, so we (I) decided that it will stay where it was, and I’d start over and make a new compost bin.
Honestly, I’m kind of thankful for the opportunity to start this over, as I learned a lot about composting with the old pit (including how far I was willing to go) to keep the pit running. Honestly, I didnt do as much as I could, so the compost pit wasnt humming along at full speed and wasnt really composting stuff too fast. However, I now know that I’d like to keep a compost heap, and that I’m not really a fan of having to stir it myself – so in the new heap, i’ll be looking for something that I can create that wont require a lot of stirring. I’d also like something that’s got a solid lid – the last compost heap I built had a wire screen lid – a great idea (I thought) until the first snow. The snow covered it up and slowly melted through, but as the snow was melting it re-froze again the next night, and the weight of the snow (and now ice) was too much for the screen, so it ripped.
There are a few other (minor) issues that I’d like to work on for my new compost heap (such as location and size) and I’ll need to figure those out. For now though, this project is in the “research” stage. One part of having a new (to us) house is the chance to restart everything, but the bad part is that it will take ages to get where you want to be. Good thing I’ve got time!
So, I ask all of you
- Do you have a compost bin? If so, where did you get your plans?
- Are you interested in a compost bin? If so, what sort of plans are you considering?