Post # 1
My husband and I have talked about composting for a couple years now.
We have a vegetable garden out back and every summer we get some yummy veggies!
I’m looking to buy a compost bin but don’t really want to spend more than $100-150 for the bin.
We’re open to making our own bin as well but I admit I’m worried about the smell.
Do you composte? What do you do? Do you have a purchased bin or did you make your own?
Post # 3
I don’t compost, but I probably would if we had a larger yard. Check out this post by YoungHouseLove on how to do it pretty inexpensively. http://www.younghouselove.com/2008/08/younghouselovedotcompost/
Post # 4
We dont but now that I see your post Im thinking of starting. My parents used to composte when I was a little kid. I jsut remember always throwing our egg shells in there!
Post # 5
We composte, but we didnt buy a bin or anything. You don’t really need to. We just composte stuff in a big pile in the back corner of the yard in the foresty part. We have a little bin in the kitchen to fill up with stuff and then throw it on to the pile one a week or so and then turn the pile with a pitch fork. It works well, we’ve got some really good rich soil from it.
Post # 6
we compost and i can’t wait for Darling Husband to build our planter box so we can start our spring veggie garden!
look for local resources. our area is pretty granola, so we got a compost bin from the city for $35. we finally got worms as well when we realized that we never turned the compost so we were never going to get any dirt from it! that takes care of the smell too if you don’t turn or build the pile properly.
Post # 7
Thanks for the link! The tub is a good idea, we have tons of those already!
You totally should! 🙂
My backyard isn’t quite big enough to just throw compost in a pile. With our dog I would want it contained.
Whoa! What kind of bin did you get for $35 and how??
I love our vegetable garden. It’s so awesome to cook with your own home grown ingredients. The taste is SO much better than even the produce we get from local farmers.
Post # 8
@Gerbera: My family did when I was a young kid. It was wonderful and definitely had it’s benefits, but where I’m from, the wildlife become a HUGE issue because of the composte. No matter what we did and how we enclosed it, it would attract the bears and coyotes, so I think for that reason, my parents stopped doing it, but I’m very fond of the idea!
Post # 9
I live in an apartment right now so I can’t compost. But I hope if I buy a home, I will. Then again, right now, it’s a pain in the ass to get the Darling Husband to recycle. I’m always pulling stuff out of the trash. Grrrr!
Oh, I compost at work. Which is probably why I think it’s cool. Oh, that and I live in Seattle. We are very green here. You would think the Darling Husband would learn by now. (Nope!) *shakes head*
I doubt I would have done it without being expose at work with it.
Post # 10
@gerbera it’s a pretty big (maybe 3 ft tall x 2 ft x 2 ft) bin. i think the city offsets the cost in order to get people composting.
Post # 11
Just found a really good list of things to compost!!
http://www.plantea.com/compost-materials.htm – its a list of 163 things you can compost. Who knew!
Post # 12
Oh yikes! That’s not good. I have no forest or wooded area near me, so thankfully that should not be an issue.
You can composte! I registered for this -obv did not get it- but it’s an indoor option. VERY expensive, but there could be more budget options out there.
NatureMill Plus XE Compost Bin
That is completely awesome. I’ll do a little digging to see if we have anything like that in my area. Doubtful.
Post # 13
We just compost yard debris/grass clippings in a large pile in the backyard. I don’t have any particular urge to deal with an actual machine, and there’s no way we could manage the random wildlife if any food was left in the open. We have dogs and already have racoon and possum issues without having a feast outside for them. And racoons can get into anything, anyways, so the machine might not even deter them.
Post # 14
@Gerbera: Oh, cool. Maybe I could find one on craigslist of cheaper? maybe?
Post # 15
Oh I found this blog for an indoor composting bin that doesn’t smell.
I don’t think this would fly with the Darling Husband, though.
I may just have to wait til I get a house… or if I wanted to be really sneaky, I could bring my trash to work. haha Or I wonder if there are places that would take my compost trash?
ETA? I found a local composting site that takes drop off waste. Only 15 minutes from where we live. Woohoo!
Post # 16
We do! Granted, our compost pile has its base in manure and is probably 8 ft tall and sits at the far edge of the property. It is large enough to cover and consume an entire boar, so I doubt that is what you’re looking for. But, yeah, we do. 🙂
On a more practical scale, Future Sister-In-Law composts in her yard. She also has a dog, but they just built a border out of lumber (almost looks like a raised flower bed), and they do clippings and food scrap. The dog knows better than to disturb it, and they live in a normal town and have never had a problem.