I really want to be successful at composting – I really do. I’ve tried a few times, and lost interest once it became too much work or had to be thought about too often. In my latest attempt, the ingredients turned into a great attraction for fruit flies, which caused me to send the “kitchen scraps” ceramic container to the deck. Where I promptly forgot about it. And where it eventually cracked – ceramic does not do well in the winter around here.
With my current attempt, I’m thinking through the details before I step one foot into that, well, wasteland.
There’s a Recipe for Compost. A pretty easy way to remember it is by color.
Right now, I have an abundance of leaves that I’ve raked up from the yard and shredded with the lawnmower. I also can prepare some newspaper by shredding it with the office shredder. So there’s my brown stuff. I will keep my extra brown in a covered pile beside the composter.
The green materials seem to be easier to come by – kitchen scraps will be saved and stored in this handy-dandy trash can
I picked up at Wal-Mart. I have biodegradable plastic liners from a former composting attempt. I read somewhere that you can freeze these scraps so they are available when you need them. That’s a great idea.
Because all these scraps take lots of time to become compost. Lots of time. So while I’m waiting for the compost ingredients to become compost, I can save these extra ingredients for the next batch in the freezer and in the pile next to the composter.
I have a composter that tumbles. It’s very easy to turn, and makes compost in as little as 4 weeks. So I’m told.
I have added layers of ingredients – 2 inches of green + 6 inches of brown then sprinkle with some water – to the composter . You aren’t suppose to fill it up, so I made 3 layers.
Now I need to turn the composter once a week. So I will add a reminder to my iPhone to remind me to turn the composter. Turn it Tuesdays!
I have yet to make a successful batch of compost, but I’m hopeful that my renewed plan should have me turning out compost all winter.
I’ll keep you posted.
- The Lazy Gardener’s Guide to Composting (kcet.org)