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Compost Bin

I’ve always thought that starting a compost bin would be a nice way to reduce the amount of garbage we throw away, and benefit the earth a little bit! Looking at our yard in it’s current condition was enough to make me decide composting was something I needed to do!  There is a lot of yard work to be done in the next few months, so it was the perfect time to start the healthy fertilization process!

The first step that I took was to buy a compost bin.  I chose to buy a Rubbermaid tote bin in a neutral color that would blend into our surroundings.  Image

I then drilled a few holes on the bottom and top of the bin to promote aeration.

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I did some research and found that its best to put leaves or newspapers in the bottom of the bin, and since I didn’t have any leaves, newspaper it is!

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I then filled the bin about halfway with dirt and then added some food scraps (orange peels, coffee grounds, melon, strawberry tops, etc.)

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I then mixed the dirt around a bit so the scraps were covered, and sprayed it with some water (moist, not soaked).

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I also read that it’s best to keep the compost bin in a shady area so that there is no smell.  All of the articles that I read stated that the compost bin should never smell if you properly aerate it, and keep the soil moist but not soaked, and most importantly-out of the sun! I placed the bin under our back stairs next to our recycling bin so that it is easy to throw stuff in and keep it going well!

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This was such an easy project to throw together, and it was so affordable! I was able to set the whole thing up for under $10! I hope that this compost bin works out and that I am able to use it when planting and fertilizing our yard!