Composting? Really?? Is that what is so exciting in our home these days that I cannot contain myself?! Ha! The simple joys of simple living. After weeks of scrap saving, research and discussion, our composting bin was born this weekend. Our 'one thing' that has turned into many things, teaching all the while. Wanting to enrich our soil, decrease our waste in a responsible way and involve the little ones in this effort, the compost bin promises to be a huge step towards renewing and enriching.
There are some great tuturials on-line for making your own compost bin inexpensively and simply, as well as what to compost and how to maintain your bin. In a nutshell, we purchased a good size (32 gal) garbage pail from our local home and auto store. Papa and Kaleb drilled holes with a 1/2" drill bit all about the sides, evenly spacing around the bucket, as well as on the bottom of the bucket. A few bricks on the ground to place the bin on top of (must keep the air ciruclating and the liquids draining) and away we go to composting glory.
Weekly we will layer our egg crates, corrogated cardboard and shredded papers with our collected green matter, topping with dried brown matter (a stray leave or two in our yard?! Ha! Oh, yes!) Oh, yes...and bungee cords across the top to secure the whole container! Mustn't forget those. And how very clever, the whole round barrel concept that can be turned on its side and rolled, aerating the entire composting pile. Easy enough for even the youngest among us to help with.
I love that our oldest grand, Kaleb, really 'gets' it and would have us compost the kitchen sink if it would fit in our little pantry buckets (which we fill before bringing outside to our BIG composting bucket!) And sweet Adam is fast picking up on what his older cousin is doing with those peels and scraps. Ahhh, those composting, earth loving, future-of-our-world grandchildren. How we do love them so!