One woman's quest to save money, save the planet, and save her sanity.
One woman's quest to save money, save the planet and save my sanity
Thursday, April 15, 2010
The Lazy Composter
One of my goals this year is to actually use the compost that we have been creating since we moved here a few years back. Up until now we have just been piling stuff in a big heap where there was a set of three sided bins when we moved here. This is what our current compost situation looks like.
Thank goodness it's tucked away at the back of our property because not only is it useless, it's hideous to look at. It is technically "composting" but very passively. It's only help is the occasional churning by a chicken and which you may detect some tail feather in the left bin. Off tot he side is where we pile branches and bigger items, but this system makes it nearly impossible to turn it and it's location makes it inconvenient to take kitchen scraps out there.
I know even less about composting than I do about gardening so it seems like a good time to make some improvements. Last week I assembled the Soil Saver compost bin that we got recently. Incidentally, I paid half of what the website says it retails for. I picked this one because it seemed simple and inconspicuous and was made of 75% post consumer recycled plastic.
I set it up in between the garden and the chicken coop which are located off the kitchen side of the house. In other words, it's in a very easy location for loading it up. According to the directions, every six inches or so you want to put in a layer of soil or chopped leaves. I didn't want to spare the dirt, but I have a ton of chopped leaves that I raked off my garden. I wanted a place to keep the leaves until I need to put on the next layer so I built a makeshift "bin" out of some wooden stakes and leftover chicken wire. I put it right next to the Soil Saver and if I don't use all the leaves it will just keep composting and make more garden gold.
I was pretty pleased with myself for building this. It took about an hour and I got my hands somewhat scratched up, but at least it wasn't something else I added to the never ending "Honey Do" list. The disadvantage of having a super handy hubby is that you never have to build anything yourself. But right now David needs to get me ready a new chicken coop, a brooder box and a goat shed so I figured I could at least take this on.
So far so good and apparently it gets the chicken seal of approval. Go ahead, take a dump in there, it will only make for better veggies.
My goal here is to turn people on to the idea that most things that are good for your wallet are also good for your world. That doing things more simply like home cooking and other trappings of domesticity aren't nearly as difficult as people believe and that sometimes we just need a little inspiration to remind us of things that used to be common cent$. I will chronicle my search for a balance between financial and ecological sustainability. More than ever, we need to tighten our wads and some of the things we would love to do to live a "greener" life are not always within our economic grasp. But we can offset the environmentally unfriendly choices that we are sometimes forced to live with by cutting cost and waste in other areas of our daily lives. So join us as we journey towards a greater understanding of our place within our environment and it's place within our budget. Any of my wisdom is purely annecdotal, and I will readily share my failures as well as successes. So what you'll get here is hopefully a bit of edutainment in the form of ideas and tales from the seedy side of our up and coming homestead.