Monday, October 15, 2007

Instructions Part II

Put down your brown or carbon compost (small twigs, leaves and other woody material) which also includes shredded newspaper. You want enough so that no flies or insects can really get to your nitrogen compost (need grass clippings, kitchen waste and other garden waste) like those too ripe watermelon you see in the above photos next to the bin. If you need a resource for stuff to put on your compost pile go to 163 Things You Can Compost.
Kitchen wastes (sorry forgot to take a photo of kitchen waste) and then another layer of shredded newspaper. I'm so tempted to go pick up everyone's piles of leaves next to the sidewalks. So, from then on out keep layering making sure you have carbon layer on top.
Finally you need the last ingredient, water. "Sprinkling the pile with a water hose every other day or so depending on rain will keep it cooking. If you want to speed up the process, be sure to turn your pile once a week to once a month. This can be done easily with a pitchfork. " Your pile should be the consistency of a damp sponge.
And there you go easy to follow intructions on how to make your own compost bin. Easy and FREE!

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