Spring is nearly here… So get started on those gardens!
I had an old storage tub laying around and we drilled holes all over it and the lid!
So I did some research on composting in this manner and have a few tips for y’all!
Compost is done like a layer cake…
- One part high-carbon materials (shredded, dry plant matter such as leaves, twigs, woody stems, corn cobs)
- One part high-nitrogen green plant matter (green plant and vegetable refuse, grass clippings, weeds, trimmings, kitchen scraps—but avoid meat, dairy, and fat) and good-quality soil
Pile the ingredients like a layer cake, with 2 to 4 carbon materials on the bottom (twigs and woody stems here will help air to circulate into the pile). Next, add a layer of soil. Add 2 to 4 inches of nitrogen-based materials, followed by soil. Repeat until the pile reaches 2 to 3 feet high.
Soak the pile at its start and water periodically; its consistency should be that of a damp sponge.
Stir this weekly to keep oxygen getting to the center!
These items may also be added to the pile:
- Coffee grounds and tea bags
- Dry goods (crackers, flour, spices)
- Pasta (cooked or uncooked)
- Shredded paper/newspaper