We are getting closer and closer to the 1 year mark of ‘Country Living’! April 1st is our first anniversary of moving to our tiny hamlet! And although there have been some draw backs and rough times, I can really say it has been a wonderful experience!
Last summer was my first go at gardening! There were some aspects that didn’t go as planned, but I learned a lot and I am really excited to plan for this summer! I’m just praying for the energy! Baby Bumpkin is due the day I would plan to put in the garden…. natural labour induction method perhaps!?!
One thing I started last year that I really enjoyed was our compost bin! I kept an ice cream pail under the sink in our kitchen, and I converted a plastic garbage bin into a compost bin by punching holes throughout. This method worked well for our first year, and I am so happy to say it cut down the waste in our kitchen garbage significantly.
By the end of the summer we had a good start on our compost, but I know that we can do better! We took a break over the winter, (carrying out compost in -40 degrees, just wasn’t high on the priority list) but I am really excited to get back into it asap!
This year I think we’ll lose the plastic bin, as the down sides with having more compost, it that the bin’s size and shape make ‘turning’ the compost more difficult. I was nervous about attracting animals to our yard, as we have a healthy black bear population in the area, but I was really amazed that there was next to no smell, even after adding freshly decomposing foods!
If I can get Hubby Bumpkin to agree I would really like to build a set up like this one in the spring:
I would need his agreement only because he’d be the one building it 🙂 . We are also upgrading our ‘indoor bucket’ We are waiting for our ‘side walk salts’ to be gone, and we’ll use the 5 gal. pail they came in! (Canadian Winter Problems. Eh?)
I have seen all kinds of pretty counter top composters, but we could easily fill one of those in a day, and I’d prefer something that can stay inside for a few days between trips out to the garden. I am looking forward to everything that this spring and summer are going to bring. Although I’m cautious to not bite off more than I can chew, I’m excited to put composting back into our routine!
Do you compost? What is your set up like? Have you found it makes a difference in your garden quality?