Friday, June 5, 2009
Confessions of a Composting Newbie
So what's going on here? Is this becoming compost or some unholy mix of mud and unreconstituted vegetable scraps? I know it's nowhere close to being ready to go on my garden, but does this look like composting is actually taking place?
This is my first concerted attempt at composting, so I'm not sure if it's going well or just becoming a smelly, buggy pile of gunk. As I mentioned in my June Muse Day post, I've focused on monitoring the moisture in my pseudo-compost bin, but I'm concerned that it's not retaining enough heat. The bin is just a Rubbermaid container that's about 2'x2'x2'. I was too cheap to invest in an actual quality compost bin. Has anyone had success with small compost piles or bins? I have usually seen recommendations to have a compost bin be closer to 3' or 4'. I figured the experiment was worth a shot, and if I fail I'll suck it up and get a real bin.
The mud here is from sod that I threw in there a while back when I was digging the rain garden. There are plenty of bugs flying around it (and crawling in it), but is composting happening here? Should I just get the real bin?