I did a little research and found this baby on eBay for $50.00 including shipping. The compost bin that I was looking at initially was at SAMs. It was a little larger 170 gallons, but almost $70.00 more. The bin shown is 115 gallons, but I believe will do the job. As soon as it stops raining, I'll move it from the deck to its permanent spot behind my workshop. I love the fact that it has 4 doors at the bottom. Each door lifts, so I'll be able to reach my black gold from all sides. We put this bin together in about 15 minutes. It snaps together fairly easily, and for the price, it's study and I believe it will serve the purpose. We didn't believe that we could build one for $50.00 if you consider materials and time.
Since I'm a beginner, I did a little research on what I should compost. Depending on what site you go to will depend on what you should or should not compost. The only things that all sites were consistent on were dairy and meat products, dog and cat waste, and human waste.
Since I want black gold quickly, I decided to play it safe and use the following greens and browns:
- grass clippings
- kitchen scraps (vegetables & fruits)
- weeds from the flower beds
- fresh clipping from shrubs
- dried shrub clippings
- shredded newspaper
- toilet tissue and paper towel rolls
- dead flowers from the house
- brown paper bags
I separated my piles so I can ensure I get a good mixture. The first layer is suppose to be a layer of brown, twigs, leaves etc. to ensure the mixture gets air. I used the dead flowers from my deck pots and twigs and leaves from my shrubbery bed. I than added more browns, shredded newspaper, shredded brown paper bags, and shredded rolls from paper towels and toilet tissue. Next a layer of freshly cut grass, pulled weeds, and shrub cuttings, which I topped with my kitchen scraps. The final layer was more grass and soil from edging my borders. I sprinkled each layer with a little water before closing the lid.
I need to get a compost bin for my kitchen scraps. For now, I'm using my stock pot, which can hold a nice pile of scraps. I throw in cucumber peelings, tomatoes, lemons, potato peelings, carrots, and egg shells. I decided not to compost bread or styrofoam. Most posts on composting say not to include it.
This is shredded newspaper and recycled copier paper from my office. I shred the paper in my office shredder. It's heavy duty, so it does a great job.
I'm going to continue adding to this bin until it's full, so I will have to turn it weekly. I'll keep you posted on the progress of my black gold! I would love to hear what and how you compost. Please leave me a comment.