Next the drill. I used a 3.2 drill bit and followed the markings we made. I did this around the body, the bottom of the bin and the lid.
The compost was placed on top of two bricks to get the air circulating underneath. I put it in a shaded area so it does not dry out in the hotter months.
Ready to fill it up now. This was the fun part. I needed to layer the bin with brown and green to get a mix of nitrogen and carbon rich materials. An even distribution will help the items in the compost break down. Too much green will not break down into compost but instead just rot. And if we have too much brown it will take a long time to break down.
Green: Think kitchen scraps, green leaves, grass clippings. Brown: leaves, paper (not shiny), branches, twigs.
When I layered the thought was to alternate; a layer of soil, leaves and paper followed by a layer of kitchen scraps and green leaves. Brown, green, brown, green. In between each layer I sprinkled water to keep everything moist but not wet.
I decided to add worms to help speed up the process of the compost. Worms can eat one third of their own weight in one day and add nutrients to the soil. My worms did come in a plastic bag *(eek!). I had hoped to get some from a friend but a piece of citrus ended up in their compost. Word of warning: worms do not like citrus or onion and will vacate the building.
The compost is now a weekly job of turning it to keep the matter as aerated as possible. I use a stick and sometimes I roll it on its side. It will be ready between three to six months to move onto the garden.
If you do not have space for a compost you could see if there is anyone in your neighbourhood that does like a community garden or neighbour. You can keep your scraps in a paper bag in your freezer until you are ready to drop it off for compost.
Have you ever made your own compost? I would love to hear your tips in the comments bellow. Happy composting. xErin
*I did wash the bag out to be recycled.