How Goes the Compost Bin?

How goes the composting you ask? It goes well. I have worms in there! This makes me happy. I didn’t put them in there, they came of their own accord through the little holes on the bottom of my trash can compost barrel. The reason it makes me go “squee” is because it means that the bin is a happy good composting rot place where worms want to hang and get in on the action. It looks rather compost like in there.

I’m a lazy composter. I toss stuff in there when I think of it. I only think to gather stuff on occasion. Sometimes the bucket in the bottom of my cupboard full of veggie rot that needs to be tended to gets forgotten for a while.

I started this bin back in January, which is not the best time of year to start a compost heap in a New England climate, but I managed, and it did alright.

If you read my first post about the DIY city folk friendly compost bin, you know that I began composting in January. In Boston. Not the best time of year, but it works. I had to give it up for a while as the barrel was buried by snow, and then a layer of ice sealed it in. From February to early April (at least it felt like that late in the year) the barrel was invisible. There was no tending, no adding (this is when my experiment in making poisonous anaerobic rot inside my kitchen occurred).  Despite the ups and downs and hiccups and less-than-dedicated effort, I feel like I earn a green star for still turning a decent amount of kitchen scraps into worm happy compost rather than land-fill.

Here’s a few lesson’s I’ve already learned along the way:

  • It’s important to transfer the goods in your inside bin to the outside bin before a situation develops.
  • Never make your inside bin airtight. I learned that the hard way (you don’t want details, suffice it to say it’s the worst smell in the world, and I believe hazardous to one’s health).
  • Egg shells take a long while to compost.
  • Whole sheets of copy paper also take a while. It’s important to rip those bad boys a little.
  • While it’s never too cold to compost, there can be too much snow.
  • Paying only the slightest regard to “greens” and “browns” and proper proportions will still yield you results, though perhaps not on the fastest schedule.
  • Even lazy-man occasional composting still makes you all warm and fuzzy “I’m saving the earth” inside, which is nice to think.

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