This is my compost bucket. I quit using my garbage disposal and throwing vegetable/fruit matter in the trash about 18 months ago. Instead I started keeping a bucket on the counter behind the sink and throwing all my vegetable scraps in it. You may be thinking eeeewwwww, doesn’t it smell and isn’t it gross? Honestly it does not and no it is not, because it gets filled and dumped so quickly, and I keep several in rotation. In the summer though it does seem to attract fruit flys. But then you just put the bucket outside the kitchen door or somewhere unobtrusive. In this bucket we put vegetable and fruit peelings, egg shells, tea bags, coffee filters and the grounds and then when the bucket is full we throw it on our compost heap in the backyard. Some people go to a lot of trouble to maintain their compost. They try to get the right mixture of vegetable matter, moisture, grass clippings, straw, leaves. They also turn it frequently with a shovel or garden fork. Some people even have fancy barrels that they can rotate the compost in. Not me, I use the lazy woman’s method. Throw the compost on the heap, throw the leaves raked in the fall on the heap, and just keep mounding it up. Then in the spring I dig deep underneath that top layer of stuff that hasn’t completely decomposed. I dig down deep to rich black compost. What I like to call Black Gold. A beautiful, crumbly, mixture!
I take my Black Gold, and work it into my soil before I plant my flowers and vegetables. It is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to amend your soil and give your plants a nutritional boost. In addition to the nutrition it also makes your soil the perfect density (I’m sure there is a great technical gardening term for this – I’m thinking “friable” meaning the soil is not too loose and not too compact). Just a couple of suggestions if you haven’t done this before. Don’t put meat, cheese, or any kinds of grease or oil in your compost. And if you use the lazy woman’s method of composting you probably don’t want to throw your weeds on your compost pile. The temperature may not get hot enough to kill the weed seeds.
I planted carrots, swiss chard, beets and lettuce this morning. And my peas are starting to climb their strings! Now I’m off to hunt down the ingredients for making my own detergent. Recipes can be found at Mackville Road, and Gonzomama, please note that they later checked out the Fels Napa soap and it may not be the safest ingredient so look for Castile or Ivory bar soap.