One Small Change – February

Since we're working on reducing our waste for One Small Change, composting was just the next step. And so, the composting begins…. or more accurately resumes….

We had a lovely compost pile back in Wisconsin…. our chickens regularly ate from it like it was a buffet. But here in suburbia I'm thinking the neighbors are not going to appreciate a "food dump" attracting bugs and critters in the neighboring yard….. though once I left our compost heap for about 3 weeks and came back to the most delicious buttercup squash growing out of it…. Plus, our yard is really small too. So we've got to either build one or buy one. Until we make that decision, the compost will be kept in an old garbage can that came with the house. 

We're doing some research and thinking of this endeavor as a forever project. Which is why we are considering a contained barrel type composter. Something we know we can take with us in 3 years when we move. Of course a composter made of garbage cans can just as easily be taken along, but the ease of those composters that can be used continually, no need to let them sit & start a new one, really have me dreaming. Some plans to build your own in the backyard and an article on kids & composting were both pretty inspiring. I  had been thinking of this project as purely environmental, but as Waldorf inspired homeschoolers I realized this is a perfect natural hands on experience for our family. I was reminded of this experience approach to science last night while listening to this. (Waldorf is still new to me, so I have loved listening to these series!)

Has anyone started their own compost? We'd love to hear what's worked for you!


5 thoughts on “One Small Change – February

  1. When I was a kid my dad built one out of wood. Where I live in Italy, our town provides compost bins that are really great. Made out of thick plastic, with a hinged flap (for lack of better words) that opens to dump the stuff in. It’s open-bottomed and has another flap down there so that you can extract the already decomposed stuff and ready to use soil. If you do build one, I’d recommend an open bottom. That way worms and other helpful friends can get in and help speed up the process 🙂 We also add dried leaves in the fall, layered with kitchen waste. It’s good to maintain a certain amount of moisture in there and heat s really important! But I guess you wouldn’t have that problem 🙂 Have fun!


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