So I went to the nursery yesterday and saw some roses that reminded me of my grandma. She had these roses along her house that were alway big and pretty. I always loved her front yard. Her house was U shaped and in roof was level with the street so her house kind of hidden from the road. You had to drive down to her house. ANYWAY! I got three bushes one for each of the kids. I got yellow, white and red with white stripes. The yellow reminds me of my grandma so I planted it up front and center.
OK! Soooo that was background on my compost blog. I now have roses that need next to perfect soil! They need fertilizer and feed and all this stuff. SINCE I can't just go into someones stables and get some manure I created a compost. I always wanted to, but was scared because it looked a little complicated and guess what? Nope! Super easy! AND the blog I got the info from says that 40% of everything we throw away can probably be composted.
What you need - A bin with a lid
dirt (I used top soil from Walmart)
So I got a small-ish garbage pale from Walmart ($15). It has wheels so it will be easy to move around so if I want to move it closer to the plants to shovel the dirt onto. You then need to make some air holes, but they can't be so big that flies can get in. You also need to put the compost where it can get sun. The heat is supposed to help the process. The blog says TOO MUCH heat can be bad though. Not sure what too much heat is though.
Ok I did air vents on the lid and around the top of the actual bin. I put some top soil in there. I hope you can see the vents I made in the photo of the lid. THEN I cleaned out my fridge. HOLY MOLY the stuff I found in there. I then put more dirt on top of that. You want about 50/50 dirt/rubbish ratio in your bin. I heard of some people putting warms in there to help the process. I probably will once this process is going well. I printed out the list below and now have it in the kitchen. You'll want a little bin by your sink or something so you can through you banana peels, egg shells and so on in and at the end of the day dump it in you compost. You also want to turn the soil IN the compost to keep everything mixed. Also shake it every once in awhile to air circulating. The blog also said if it starts smelling your ratio is probably off so add more dirt. Here is the blog if you would like to reference http://gatheringinlight.com/2007/10/15/how-to-start-a-compost-bin-in-the-city-with-little-money/
So that's the compost. THEN you can take a shovel and get the new fabulous soil out and put it around you plants in your garden once stuff has broken down. I have seen actual compost bins ... those things are MONEY! I can't see paying $80 for a bin with vents when a steak nice to a trash can worked great! You might be thinking, What can you compost? Here's a loooong list of things you can compost! HAPPY COMPOSTING!