Making Compost

Remember the three-bin composting area that was built from old pallets and clothes hangers? In one of those bins the rocks, sticks, roots, and weeds were removed from the ground then the soil was loosened with a shovel. Cardboard was placed around the inside perimeter of the pallet to keep the materials from falling through the cracks. Next a 6″- 8″ layer of dried leaves was dumped on the soil. Then layers of kitchen scraps, shredded newspaper, garden soil, and hay were put in until the bin was almost full. The pile was saturated with water each time the hay layer was added. Itwill be turned only once in the fall to incorporate the materials around the outer edges. The other two bins will be filled and treated the same way. By next spring there will be a readily available supply of fresh nutrient-filled compost available for use in the planting beds. As one bin is emptied it will be re-filled and left to decompose until the following spring. Three more bins will soon be built just like these then placed along another edge of the field. These bins will be filled throughout the year with kitchen waste, garden scraps, grass clippings, newspaper, more dried leaves, etc.

The composting bins may need to be covered lightly during hard rains and during drought conditions. The piles should never be allowed to dry out. Overall, this is a very low-maintenance, inexpensive way to get organic fertilizer for the garden. ♥ 

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