Tuesday, September 6, 2011

D.I.Y Composter

A while back my son, Baylor, decided to make a composter for a class project. The project's goal was for each student do something that would have a positive impact on the earth. After doing some research online he gathered the materials and put it together. The process is shown below....

First, he drilled holes into a large garbage can for ventilation (organic matter needs oxygen in order to break down)

Next, he decided to paint the composter to give it a personal touch

He placed straw in the bottom of the can to promote drainage

In went the organic matter we had collected from the kitchen

It is amazing how little trash we have now once we have recycled and composted! The composter has been a real success. It requires a bit more muscle than one that rotates with a hand crank since it needs to be turned regularly, but manual labor never hurt anyone. We have been able to use the "black gold" in our yard and nothing feels better then seeing nature come full circle. Do you compost? Please share your tips with us!


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