Garden Update: Compost Bin Changeover

The time had arrived to empty the compost bin. We have a pretty plain compost bin. I won it in a radio trivia competition. That was about ten years ago and it still seems to be going strong.

I don't know whether we do it the 'right' way or not, but for years we have been using the same system with great success. We simply fill the bin with scraps from the kitchen, the garden and the some paper and try to keep the balance right between wet and dry materials.

The bin is made of two halves that are wired together in the middle on both sides. When the bin is full I simply undo the wire twists and am left with a perfect pile. You can see in the picture above that the material on the top hasn't broken down yet but as you look down the pile - it is perfect.

By this stage the girls get a whiff of what is happening and they start hanging around - begging to be let into the garden area.

I then move the compost to a new location (this time it is right next to where it was) and wire it back together. I sit the bin up on a couple of bricks and put some twigs in the bottom for air circulation. I then lift the top centimetres off the old pile and put it back in the bottom of the compost bin in the new location.

We then fenced off a small area and let the girls come in and have a good dig through everything for a couple of hours before we scraped it all up and put it on the garden. The girls went absolutely mad! They scratched and pecked and jumped on bugs. It really was a joy to watch!
We also cleaned out the chook house and added the manure to the compost.
It is amazing to think that we put the soil compost on the garden and grow things and then mulch up the plants and put them in the compost which in turn becomes the dirt that we grow things in again. It is a complete circle....... the circle of {life} !

4 comments:

Julie said...

I must let our girls have a rummage through our compost before I put it on the garden.

mammajoy said...

I haven't had much luck composting - plants kept sprouting out of it! Really should give it another go....you make it sound nice and easy :-)

libby said...

Your girls look like they're having lots of fun. I used to love letting our girls go through the veggie garden at the end of Summer. Unfortunatley we got the current girls when they were older and they won't let me catch them or pat them :-(.

Libby

Tricia said...

Your compost looks lovely. I havn't been overly happy with how my compost bins are performing recently - but i'm pretty certain i'm not adding enought carbon rich (dry) materials.

I love watching the chooks scratch in compost. What a mess!