DIY Compost Maker

Sorry that it has been a while since I posted.  With it being so hot this summer I haven’t had any energy/motivation to make anything.   I have been trying to sell my beads and gift tags on Etsy too.  If you are interested in checking out my shop, please do, but it is still sort of new and I am trying to figure things out.

Something very cool that happened recently in Fargo, is the city is now taking more waste as recyclable.  I read this in our local newspaper and was SO excited.  This type of stuff makes me happy.  Less garbage headed to our landfill is good.  They are taking all plastic with a recycle symbol and numbered 1-7 and all cardboard.  It always bothered me that we couldn’t recycle cereal boxes or yogurt containers.  But we can now!

I have had composting machines before, that worked okay for a while, but were either too loud or stinky.  I like the idea of making my own compost from food and garden waste but I didn’t want to make a compost heap in our back yard for the rodents and bugs to get into.  Plus, we didn’t have much of a back yard to do this in anyways.

I am going to try to make compost in a coffee container.  Anything with a solid cover would work.  The more coffee containers I can collect the better.  I have more laying around our garage I am sure but will start with one to see how it goes.

Make sure you use brown and green waste.  Brown waste is yard waste: leaves, small twigs, newspaper, dryer lint or straw.  Green would include food scraps: grass, coffee grounds, egg shells, fruit and veggie scraps and plant trimmings.  Combine a good mix of both of these things and put in the coffee can and put the lid on it.  It does need heat to compost so I will just leave it outside.  I will shake it once in a while and check to make sure it’s moist.  You do not want it wetter than a rung out sponge.

I normally take our food scraps to the recycling center and dump it in the garden waste bin they have there and let the city make compost to share.  But I wanted my own to keep.  Now that I have roses and a garden I want to make sure I am taking good care of it.

I am hoping that in a few weeks we will see some progress.  I will update this blog post with how it turns out when it is finished and the time frame to expect good compost.

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Ashley

I love art, being green and photography. I am putting all of those things together in this blog. I love sharing my favorite DIY crafts, green tips and home improvements. Join me in my journey of creative; simple living.

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