|2-Stage Compost Bin. Bin on the left is the "working" bin. Bin on the|
right is currently the "holding" bin, but it needs to be cleaned out
to be used as the "finished" bin. We had a third bin, but the
cinder blocks were used for the new onion bed!
- Build a simple structure to house your compost that allows air to flow in. It isn't necessary to purchase a composting bin, however, they are nice! We've used cinder blocks, pallets, chicken wire, or a simple pile of stuff behind the back fence--completely open. Since we live in the country, it is essential we secure our pile so our "green" isn't eaten overnight by dogs and vermen!
- Make sure the pile is turned every 3 to 5 days and add some water if it dries out. Ours dries out a lot during the summer months.
- Use 75% brown matter to 25% green matter [City of Waco Recycling Division Composting Wheel]. Anything that looks brown, probably is brown. Anything that looks green, probably is green. Freshly mown grass is green. Dried out grass is brown.
- I like to layer brown matter and green matter like a lasagne to start with. Top off with a little more brown each time you add green. I find that adding leaves that have started to decompose, or mold, works well and helps the pile compost.
- If it isn't time to turn the pile yet, be certain to bury green matter within the pile. Bury it so that vermen do not smell it and to help it decomposes faster and more efficiently...and to reduce fly larve.