Yes, it really is this simple- find some stuff, make it into a pen, add leaves and food scraps.
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.
Joe is the king of insulating a big compost bin.
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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.
I walked around in this alley and had a look inside all of the trash cans.
The majority were for recyclables, but the ones that were trash, were mostly organic materials… this is going to be the case if you don’t compost.
Notice how much of a mess this alley is? It smelled pretty rank, too.
Not that I care it smells, but the smells could be completely avoided by adding a trash can of another kind used for compost.
This alley is one block from a public park full of leaves and dead plants (cover materials). Get creative and divert your organics…I promise you it isn’t hard, and the rewards are beyond satisfying.
Did you watch any TV today? Yesterday? This week?
If so, were there any commercials?
In the time it took for the three commercials to whizz by, you could have emptied your kitchen food scrap collector into your backyard trash can composter and cut your landfilling in half.
No, really- drill holes in a trash can, fill it halfway with ripped up leaves and dead plants, then add your food scraps. Finish it off by covering them with another layer of leaves. Add some water, then go inside.
Hit the pause button again and continue watching Game of Thrones. I guess most people don’t actually watch TV anymore right? Now it’s all internet and you can pause everything and skip commercials and stuff… well, you get the point!
Five minutes a week and you’re doing something in your backyard that’s as important, if not more important, than recycling.
Take the future into your own hands and tell your friends you’re cutting down your emissions, creating soil, and cutting your landfill contributions in half. The Earth’s oldest process sure is a lot of fun.
With the warmer months coming on, I noticed a pretty simple adjustment to my trash can composter that might help you get better results.
Have you noticed when you keep the lid on that the contents seem to dry out pretty quickly? It rained the last few days here, so I kept the lid off so the contents could get extra damp… and the pile got pretty warm! This is what happens when you keep it damp- compost craves moisture.
The key is to simply ensure your mix is right- double your browns with each addition of food scraps, and make sure you have a nice layer of browns on top.
I saw a raccoon walking around my tiny back yard last night and left him be… the next day, I saw there was nothing torn up- and I have two massive compost bins and the trash can composter, all open to anything that might find it.
Again, the key is the cover material on top… and keep your stuff moist! Note to self: rinse out food containers better- the raccoon made a mess of my recycling bin.
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Great video, but I have a few concerns: He mentions not adding meat to the compost pile… just add it.
Meat and dairy products are absolutely compostable, and although he mentions needing a hot pile to do so, interesting enough those very items heavily contribute to creating heat within a compost pile!
As long as you have at least double the amount of brown materials as you do food scraps/meat/dairy products, you’ll be fine.
This dude has plenty of energy and a large pile able to handle any meat he may have.
Also- I’ve never seen someone add so much dirt to a compost pile… while there’s nothing wrong with adding dirt, I don’t see quite enough brown materials here.
Instead of all the dirt, his pile would benefit even more from covering the entire pile with brown materials.
This time around, coffee grounds and sunchoke stalks are the main ingredients paired with leaves.
Since timing isn’t critical for obtaining finished compost, the leaves are unshredded.
Leaves are one of the few ingredients that compost on their own, so whether they’re shredded or not doesn’t matter…you’ll just get much quicker results by shredding them.
I like the hoop house idea for keeping the heat in and the worms warm…great video, Patrick!