Composting is one of the best things you can do for the earth and of course
With so many people bringing back the good ole vegetable garden, a compost bin (or pile) should be a must!
Compost is food for your veggies, as much as water is their drink of choice.
This was actually given to us by friends who were upgrading theirs, but if you have a "driller" (that's my friendly nick name for our power drill), then you are one step closer to making your own compost bin.
We started composting five years ago, before we even planted our first garden.
Tips and general rules on composting:
compost newspaper or plain white paper from the computer (just remember to shred it first to speed up the process), coffee grounds (with paper filters), anything that was living at one time is great for compost bins, think of leaves, vegetables scraps, and grass clippings (which add necessary nitrogen).
do not compost fats, pet droppings, or animal products (such as bones, leftover meat...). They will attract pests to the pile and can spread disease.
For faster composting keep your compost bin in direct sun and turn every week or two to aerate your pile.
You can roll it on the ground (if the lid is a locking one), or use a shovel to mix...this is what we do.
When finished it should look like dark soil.
You should not be able to recognize any of the scraps you put in there.