Oh the sweet soil that comes out of the compost bin!
Soil. The very foundation of the garden. The idea that we can control soil, we can actually make soil, is inspiring, especially when you keep it simple
A compost bin can be as complicated or as simple as you like, especially when you start to get into carbon:nitrogen ratios. I use a couple simple tips when I compost:
- keep the carbon:nitrogen ration about 30:1 - that means about 2 handfuls of green stuff to every handful of brown that goes in. Even if you mess up, you will still get compost, so don't get too hung up on the details.
- Make your bin/pile at least 3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet to keep the pile nice and hot inside
- Keep the pile ventilated - turn it, or put some wood through it to create spaces for ventilation
- Keep it damp - not sopping wet, just damp
- Compost needs little microorganisms, so add soil or build your bin right on the ground
There are countless compost bins you can buy in the store, and many of these do a great job keeping the smell and bugs to a minimum, but it is also easy to make your own. A simple google search will show you hundreds of designs.
How do you compost? I shared at:
Small Footprint Families
Homestead Revival Barn Hop