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My Garden: Compost Bin Update

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Last year we made a wonderful three-bin composter.

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Three Bin Composter

Over the summer and into the fall we would layer weeds and chicken shavings into the bins. We didn’t spend enough time turning the pile or even paying much attention to the bins. The problem with this is that turning your pile may mean all the difference between getting compost within 4-8 weeks or 3-8 months.

Neglected compost bins.

Neglected compost bins.

Every pile needs an influx of oxygen to help things decompose. Lack of oxygen means slower decomposition, lower temperatures and possible odors! Ideally you should turn your pile every 7-10 days. This is easily done with a garden fork, a shovel or a compost aerator.

We decided to combine the bins, layer the materials we’ve collected and create optimum conditions for good compost production.

Filling the bins.

Filling the bins.

We started with the bin with the least amount of material. What was in the bin was turned over and combined. We then took the material from the other two bins and layered the material making sure there was a good mixture of greens and browns.

Ready for compost production,

Ready for compost production,

We will spend more time turning these new piles regularly and by the fall we should have a good amount of compost to add to the garden.

English: A picture of compost soil

Beautiful compost.

If you want to create compost there are four rules to remember. Use quality materials, have adequate volume in your pile, have consistent moisture and good air circulation.

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12 Responses to My Garden: Compost Bin Update

  • Most informative post and great bins ~ thanks ^_^

  • Tootsie says:

    it feels like forever since I had time to sit and enjoy everyone’s posts…I am so glad I could drop by today and see your addition to my little party! Thank you so much for linking into my little party this week…I appreciate and enjoy every post!
    I hope you will link in again and again!
    I am also sharing your post to the Tootsie Time Facebook page!
    Have a great week!

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  • Nancy says:

    I’ve missed your comments, thanks for stopping by! It sure has been a busy summer!

  • Tasha says:

    This is great! We have done composting in the past and I miss it. We did barrels that turned, but I love this open concept. Visiting from Inspiration Café.

  • Feral Turtle says:

    This is such a great composting idea. I actually saw it done a few years ago. The lady that was composting and giving the course, was in her 70’s She was amazing and so was her compost system, which is exactly like yours. Your soil looks great!! Stopping by from Inspiration Cafes awesome linky party!

  • Nancy says:

    Barrels that turn sound easier! However I’m anticipating some good mulch this fall!

  • Nancy says:

    Great story about the 70 year old woman teaching a course in composting!

  • If I ever have a big enough back yard (I currently live in a townhouse) I most definitely want to do a compost pile. These are great tips! Thank you

  • Nancy says:

    Definitely couldn’t have a compost pile like this in a townhouse! :)

  • Mel says:

    So jealous ours is small compared to the amount we use, great tips thanks for linking to inspiration cafe

  • This is an awesome idea… Thank you for sharing it. Its just what we need.

  • Nancy says:

    Have funmaking compost!

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