|3 bays for cycles of compost, boards will cover top to limit moisture|
|Spring baby worms!|
|Jenna shoveling compost|
What can you expect from your compost piles? Once the weather warms up, and if you turn your pile once a week, then you will have finished compost much faster. When I see that my compost is finished, I then use my antique sifter to pull out the sticks, clam shells, and other large objects.
I will either add it to my garden beds, or mix it with 50% coconut coir to create a nicely blended soil for containers or seeding trays.
|Very rudimentary sifting technology!|
|Fine finished compost|
Your primary assignment is to constantly be on the lookout for sources of carbon; dried leaves, straw, and paper which you can add to your compost piles. Right now, I have my eye on 20 bags of leaves which are in a neighbor's yard. I will politely ask their permission to take these leaves off their hands and clean up their yard for them. Then I will bring them home and plug in my nifty leaf shredder and fill one of my empty bays with shredded leaves. My next project; buying a paper shredder and adding all of our junk mail and extra paper to the pile. (It's on my list.)
|This shredder works great if you don't overfill!|
|Last Fall, I used shredded leaves to mulch garlic bulbs|
So no excuses in 2014, you can use wire fencing and metal stake posts to create your 3 bays for composting, 2 bays being the minimum if you want a pile to be able to finish. Put those 2 buckets of kitchen scraps per week to work, invite the worms to lunch and get some weekly exercise turning those piles!