Here ’tis my able bodies. This was supposed to be my video premier, but it seems I’ve got a few kinks to work out.
So, I’ve got clips to show you. Hopefully this will suffice and those learning to compost will still get the gist of it.
In these clips I’m using a handy compost turner because we had little skunk visitors climbing under our open bottom compost bin for midnight snacks.
However, those work quite well if you’ve not got the same issue.
In my kitchen I usually keep my compost pail for food scraps along with a pail for dried goods such as newspaper, toilet paper rolls, tissue, q-tips, drier lint and natural dryer sheets.
I keep them separate so that I can easily adjust my compost when I’ve got too much of one and not enough of the other.
Please visualize the following graphics as if it were a smooth, super cool video with birds chirping in the background.
It’s all pretty cut and dry really.
- Pour in food scraps
- Determine consistency – stinky add more brown materials, dry add some water to the mix and don’t add dry this round.
- Head back inside
If you’re just starting your bin you’ll want to layer the following and repeat when you add new materials. Allow to break down for a few months before mixing.
- Food scraps
- Brown material (newspaper, leaves, dryer lint…) just enough to spread over the food scraps, you want a very thin layer.
- Manure (any grain-fed variety: cow, goat, sheep, chicken…), again you only want to pour a very thin layer over the preceding layers.
You’ll notice in the first photo that I am removing sticks from my compost turner…if you’ve got landscapers please be sure to let them know that they cannot just throw yard matter in your compost as they please. Of course I know they were just trying to help, but they’re actually creating a bit more work.
Please let me know if you have any question or comments, they are always welcome.