This year, with the creation of my garden and a desire to make it self sufficient (code for I don't want to spend money on anything but seeds) I got back into it. Yesterday alone I chopped 2 pounds of kitchen scraps to add to the bin: carrot shavings, celery tops, egg shells, banana peels, shriveled blueberries, onion peels, strawberry tops, zucchini ends, mushroom stems . . . you get the idea.
2 pounds! I know it was a big cooking-for-the-freezer kind of day, but 2 pounds of kitchen scrap is a lot. What a waste to send it to the garbage. I topped it off with another earth-making goody from our office. Shredded bills. There is a sense of satisfaction turning identity theft fodder into something good and useful.
The equal parts of kitchen scraps and office shred went into the bin. You can see the stuff I fed it earlier has already begun to break down. After this shot I gave it a good stir and a sprinkle of water from my rain barrel.
I can't show you the end result yet. Composting does take time. But hopefully by next spring, as I am getting ready to plant my new crops, I will have some nice black nutritious compost to spread around made from stuff I would have thrown away before. It also means no more having to buy it from the store.
So between the compost and my rain barrel, I think I am doing okay. My barrel is getting low so I wouldn't complain if we got a little rain to top it off.