Composting: toss it and let it rot!

Compost Bins
We are lucky to live in Oregon, a very progressive state regarding environmentalism. (At least people from all the other states think so until they move here and get involved in the constant wrangling.) My family personally have been composting in a happy-go-lucky fashion for 21 years. Basically what we do is throw our non-meat non-oily fat food scraps in with dirt, weeds, lawn clippings in a bin. We have two bins, since we reappropriated one from a neighbor who owns a rental. The renters had let their back yard get so overgrown with brambles that no one even knew the bin was back there. We knocked down the fence between our properties to build a new one and we did a lot of clearing of brambles so we figured we were entitled to the bin. Believe me the current neighbors would not use it any more than the last ones did. The bin we “rescued” from the neighbors is a closed black bin with a lid and a little chute. The other one is an open fence affair. You can take one side off as I have it in the picture and dig out the bottom. The dark area you see at the bottom is a hole where I have dug out some rich garden soil. We don’t turn it or worry too much about the mix. The only disadvantage to that method is it takes much longer to compost. I tend to put things I want to compost more quickly into the black bin because the black helps it heat up and “cook” faster.
Our compost bin does not smell much, and if it ever gets smelly we toss a layer of weeds or grass clippings on the top and that takes care of it.

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