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Compost Bins: Drill Holes in the Lid?

Yes.

I didn’t drill holes in mine for a while because I just left the lid off, resembling my larger sized cubic yard compost bins.

However, using a lid with plenty of holes can offer the same benefits- good airflow and it allows rainwater to penetrate, too.

Now that it’s summer, compost systems need more moisture to work effectively… keep them damp, and if you want to use a lid, drill holes to contain the process without hampering it.

How to Build the Ultimate Compost Bin (Rodale’s Organic Life)

http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/how-to-build-compost-bin

Check the link above for a semi-technical three-bin design that will result in the most hassle-free composting there is.  If I had the space for a three-bin system, I’d be on it in an instant.

In other words, when you work with large bins, there’s much more room for error as opposed to a worm system or composting with a pair of trash cans.

The only aspect of this design that I deviate from is the process itself- I don’t turn compost at all, so I’d just keep the middle bin full of cover materials, add to the first bin for up to a year using cover materials from the middle bin, then work on the third bin when the first is at capacity.

 

Composting in the Winter

It’s that time of year where the emails start coming in to ask how to keep composting through the winter.  While it takes some up-front effort, it is possible.

If you’ve already lost all the heat in the pile, keep adding to it until it can’t get any bigger.  Once the temperatures rise just enough for the process to get going again, it will.

That’s the bright side of those days we have each year in the winter where it’s 60 degrees for no apparent reason.

Collect as many bags of leaves as you can, since this will be your insulation and cover material throughout the winter.  I slacked off this year, but still managed to shred a few bags’ worth.

Now’s the time where covering your pile with a hefty layer of straw makes a HUGE difference in keeping the heat in.

When you go outside to the pile each week to empty your food scraps, be as quick as you can… you can watch the steam coming off the pile and the temperature will drop quickly.  Once the temperature drops off, it’s hard to bring it back.

So there you have it- bundle up the bin, or work with worms inside the house.

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Do You Love Your Trash Can?

trash can composter

Wow, I started this thing over a year ago and I still haven’t filled it up.

While I usually add to my big cubic yard sized bin, the can’s been getting attention too.

How is this working?  Honestly, I was surprised this system would work this well due to its limited size.

Then I remembered that it’s basically the same capacity as a compost tumbler, without the tumbling function…which isn’t needed.

My major finding is that simply leaving the lid off and getting it soaked every few days is enough to keep this thing going smoothly.

Dry piles are slow piles, and compost craves moisture- I found that the warmer months dried out my can quicker with the lid on…try it out- pests aren’t an issue with this system.

If you’re a semi-regular reader of the site or viewer of my videos, you’ll know what I’m going to say next-

Cover your food scraps!  Each time you add food scraps, cover them up with a layer of browns.  That’s it- the earth’s oldest process is hassle-free.