For the past few years, I have been dabbling with the idea of composting. We have also thought a lot about homesteading. You know, getting back to basics. Days when all food was made from scratch, and you knew exactly where your food was coming from. Food is more wholesome this way, and it also minimizes your carbon footprint since most of your food is grown and/or local. It doesn’t have to travel thousands of miles to get to you, so there is no depletion of nutrients.
When I begin conquests like this, I tend to bite off a bit more than I can chew. It’s what I am and what I do, but this time I promised to do some research and get things done properly. Off to the library I went, to get an arsenal of books to quench my thirst for knowledge. I wanted to be Suzy Q homesteader even though my yard isn’t the best place for crops. (That’s why I need the urban gardening books.)
I read book after book about how to raise your own chickens, pick which vegetables and fruits to grow. Even how to grow fruits and vegetables right from the ones that you have on your table. (I am a growing my own pineapple right now )
With knowledge in hand, I am ready to take on spring! Grabbing my overalls and proverbial pitch fork, I am ready to become one with the Earth and open my own homestead. Wait, there’s a problem I live in the middle of a city.
Let the Composting Begin
Nevertheless, I am not going to let my city dweller status stop me! I have decided my first homesteading adventure is going to be setting up my own compost pile. This is actually going to be really simple to do. To make your own outdoor compost bin, you don’t need any fancy contraption all you need is a large outdoor plastic trash can with a lid.
If you want to take on the challenge too check out how to make your own compost bin. To get your compost started, make sure to drill holes about 12 inches from the bottom and drill all the way around. Once you have down that put it in an area that it won’t get knocked over. If you are going to be placing it on the ground, drill holes in the bottom to welcome worms to come in and help make vermicompost. It decomposes things faster, plus its some of the best compost you can have!
Now you are ready to start composting. Put table scraps in your compost, make sure to leave out anything with dairy or meat in it. Once you start using your compost, you want to make sure to have an even mixture of brown and green byproducts. Green would be things like table scraps, and brown would be yard waste like leaves and twigs. It’s really important to layer your compost evenly between the two for it to properly compost down.
Ready to Start Your Own?
It will take probably about a full year for your compost to be ready, but it helps reduce the amount of garbage goes to the landfill dramatically. Plus, when your compost is ready you will have some of the best plant fertilizer and you won’t have to spend a penny for it!
Now go ahead, and get started. Now is the perfect time to get your plans together on how to start your own compost piles and make your gardens look fabulous!