Composting is something we’ve really been trying to do more than we had done before. We have a corner fenced off where I can dump garden waste, vegetable peels, chicken manure (aged) and things like that but the way it’s set up, it isn’t easy to turn it and it’s way off away from a water source so keeping it wet isn’t easy.
Last year, or maybe the year before, we got this bin. It has a lid that screws on tightly and it can be turned to “stir up” the compost. The only problem I have with this one is that it’s hard to get the compost out of it.
In general, my problem with composting is that I put stuff in there, it sits for a while, I add more stuff, it sits for a while but the compost is never ready for the garden unless I stop adding stuff and let everything in the bin compost. I had been asking Vince for another couple of bins, but since he’s the one who has to dig the compost out of this one, he was looking for a better idea.
He found these collapsible bins made by Fiskars. They’re 75 gallon and perfect . . if they will just hold up to the Texas wind, heat and critters.
They’re perfect! Lightweight, easy to “stir” the contents, easy to remove the contents.
They’re not terribly expensive. I don’t see them lasting forever. The sides are a mesh type fabric, which is good because the materials get more air and when I wet the contents, the excess water will drain out.
The bad news is . . I won’t be able to put any foods like fruit peelings or egg shells in there because critters would chew right through them in a second! Anything edible and yummy for critters will have to go into the hard sided plastic bin.
I will fill them with garden clippings, chicken poop, leaves, and hopefully nothing appetizing to raccoons or skunks.
Over the weekend, I added onion tops, beet greens and leaves to one of them.
Vince got two of them set up for me. I tried setting them up but they have pegs that go into the ground to keep them from blowing away and our ground is like concrete so he had to use a hammer (I tried) and get the pegs into the ground. The lid has button type hooks to keep it from blowing off.
As long as I can keep the critters out of these, they will be perfect!