Just over a week ago I created a no-dig vegetable garden in our backyard. We’ve since installed a compost bin to handle the kitchen waste and lawn clippings. You see, I had been using a cardboard box for a couple of weeks but we needed something that would contain the smells and keep out the flies and a cardboard box just didn’t cut it. The solution was to purchase a black plastic bin for aboutAU $30. While not the cheapest option it’s certainly affordable.
So now that we’ve got a compost bin (not possible in an apartment building) I thought it would be simple, throw everything in and leave it alone.
There are however, a few things from the kitchen that can’t be composted. No meat. No dairy. No greasy fats and oils. Definitely no seafood. You also shouldn’t add dog or cat manure as they are carnivores.
In fact there’s a certain special recipe for compost making to ensure that the compost decomposes into rich fertile black soil.
- Nitrogen – fruit & vegie scraps, lawn clippings, tea leaves, coffee grounds, manure, egg shells
- Carbon – dried leaves, small twigs & sticks, paper, cardboard, straw
Mix regularly and you should have compost in a few months.