Posts Tagged ‘compost’

Death Star Yuppie Composter

My it’s been a while since I posted here. Not to worry, I have several in the queue, but in the mean time I thought I’d show you our new composter. I guess all those years being married to me must have rubbed off on my hubby because it was his idea to get this thing. I was fine with our happy-go-lucky pile and rot method of composting, but maybe my husband doesn’t like looking at the colorful assortment of kitchen scraps in various stages of decomposition out the back window. Anyway, this thing keeps it enclosed, turns it automatically, and aerates better than just a pile. Since it’s just the three of us, we don’t create kitchen scraps like we used to when there were six. I haven’t harvested any compost yet, but I can say it’s very warm in there. After I built this, I noted a striking similarity to the death star in the original Star Wars, so now it’s the family lingo, “Who’s turn is it to feed the Death Star tonight?”

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.