Ok, step one: create a herb garden is complete, so whats next?
My own compost bin! I’ve wanted to create my own compost bin for a while now and have been pleasantly surprised at how easy the process has been. So, why compost? Well, not only does compost provide a rich natural fertiliser for your garden but it reduces your carbon footprint, the less waste you create the less green house gas emissions are made due to sending waste to landfill.
As it was dead easy and such a great thing to do for the environment I’m going to detail the steps I took below, please join me in composting and reducing the waste we create, tag my insta and hashtag #smallsoy with all your reduce, reuse, recycle and composting photos so we can all encourage each other to continue taking more steps to take care of the world we live in!
Power drill or hammer and nail
Round bucket with a sealable lid
Compostable waste (veggie scraps, newspaper etc.)
To set up your compost bin all you need to do is make a quick trip to your local hardware store and pick up a round bucket with a sealable lid. Next grab your drill (or if you don’t have one you can use a hammer and nail) and make about six holes on the bottom of the bucket, eight on the top and eight rows of four holes around the sides of the bucket. This will ensure that your compost is getting enough air.
Next, START COMPOSTING!
I started my compost mix by adding a layer of soil to the bottom of my bucket and adding food scraps that I had collected to the top along with some torn up newspaper. In your compost mix you will need a mixture of green and brown ingredients (which I will detail below). you don’t want too many green ingredients or your compost will end up sludgy and you don’t want too much brown or your compost will be too dry and take too long to compost, the best way to manage this is to go by feel, run the compost through your fingers every now and then and adjust (more green or more brown) accordingly.
- Vegetable and food scraps
- Tea leaves and tea bags
- Coffee grounds
- Soft stems
- Grass cuttings
- Dry Leaves
- Torn up newspaper
- Egg shells
- Egg cartons
- Dead Flowers
- Wood ash
To keep your compost aerated, every few weeks, make sure the lid is sealed and tip the compost container on its side and roll it, this will give everything a good mix and get fresh air ring into the heart of your compost.
Hit me up if you have any questions and happy composting!