I am participating in the Change The World Wednesday Challenge with Reduced Footprints. This week is all about being more mindful of our kitchen scraps we are throwing out.
Well, I will be the first to admit that I have been bad with this. I have always known I needed to start a compost bin. It is a great necessity, actually but I just have not gotten around to doing it. Actually, I have been researching this for a while, and the best way to go is the easiest way to go.
When you google Plastic Trash bin – composting – the prices go up 100%. It’s crazy.
This easy tutorial came from The Happy Housewife. I made my own modifications to the tutorial, because I want to convert it to a worm farm in the spring.
Dark 18 gallon rectangular bin – $20 from Container Store
Yard clippings – We have a lot of those
Small bucket for kitchen compost materials.
1 Bungee cord to keep the top on – have that.
- My husband will drill 20 holes along both sides of the bin, 15-20 holes in the lid as well as a few holes on the bottom for drainage. The more air and light, the better.
- I put in my yard clippings (which we have a lot thanks to my son). Fill about 1/3 the way full. Wet with water.
- I will fill my compost bin with only non-fatty organic materials. In her post, here is the list she used – which included almost everything. But I’m not going to do that. I would eventually want to turn this into a vermicomposting bin next spring, so I’m going to use….
- egg shells
- Fruits and vegetables
- Tie on the lid with bungee cord
- The kids will mix every few days
- I will use the small pail to collect all the non-fatty organic materials in the kitchen, and add to the composting bin every few days.
For vemicomposting, they recommend using shredded paper as a bedding. Do you suspect that it will work just adding worms to this in the spring? Help! Want to make it easy.