Our city does a fantastic job recycling most of our trash. We usually have mostly food scraps in our can. To create even less waste we wanted to try composting our fruit and veggie scraps. Because we live in a city and don't have much room for large compost piles, we needed a small bin. We also wanted to make sure we could keep animals out of the container. There are a lot of great composing containers that we could buy, but didn't want to spend a lot of money buying something that we thought we could make ourselves. So last summer Rebecca decided to make a compost bin out of a plastic tub.. She envisioned lots of beautiful compost for her garden. Let's just say it did not turn out well. Apparently not having enough ventilation can create a very stinky and slimy situation. So we are going to try this again this summer.
After bravely opening last summers bin, we washed it out (so gross!!!). Then we drilled a lot more holes all around the bin.
Then we added the goodies: grass clippings, leaves, coffee grounds, fruit and veggie scraps and dirt from old flower pots. (NO MEAT!)
To keep animals out of the bin we keep a few bricks on top.
We have been shaking the bin every few days and adding water when it seems dry.
Keep your fingers crossed for us! We'll let you know how this season's compost bin works out.