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April 9, 2012 in Blog

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I made a compost bin today as part of my challenge to reduce my food waste.
The hardest part was deciding if I should have an open compost pile or an actual bin. In the end I chose a bin because I wasn’t sure of the smell.

I also set myself the task of buying no new items to make the bin. Living on a farm I am quite lucky that I have a lot of scrap materials at my disposal.
I chose an old wheelie bin.

I started by cutting the bottom off it, including the wheels. Next I drilled holes all over the bin and in the lid.
I put the bin in a shady spot because I had read that you shouldn’t let your compost dry out too much.
Next, I put dry branches and cornstalks from the garden green waste at the very bottom of the bin. This is to allow for drainage.
Then wet newspaper over the branches followed by sheep manure.

My compost bin is now ready to take on the kitchen scraps. No dairy or meat though as my research tells me this upsets the balance of the organisms in the compost.

I am also considering taking the lid off the bin entirely. I’ll see how it goes.

1 comment to 'Composting'

  1. Joh said on May 13, 2012

    Well done @Larissa
    I would suggest leaving the lid on the bin, this will create more heat and speed up the process.
    I am considering making a compost bin out of recycled wooden pallets. The problem is how to cover the top to keep the heat in.

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