DIY Budget Composter!!!
Hey guys!!! Excuse me while I get all DIY up in yo’ bizznaaaaaz!!!! A couple of weeks ago I made myself an $18.99 (plus tax!) composter, for real!!!!
Hang out with me for a while as I entrance you with my siren’s song about DIY composting. You’re excited already…I can FEEL it!!!
People, composters are EXPENSIVE!!! I am NOT paying $60 plus for something that is going to give me dirt!!! Rich dirt, mind you but still dirt is dirt is dirt. Actually, let’s all be honest here. I’d LOVE to spend $60 plus on a composter but this sister ain’t got that kind of green if youknowwhatImean. And “green” as in “bones” not “green” as in gardening….oh, you know what I’m getting at!!!!
Canadian Tire was the only place that had the perfect special type of garbage can that I was looking for. I love me some Canadian Tire. If you’re not a Canuck, check out this post for an explanation about my obsession with the majestic establishment that is Canadian Tire. What you are going to require for this project is a plastic garbage can with a LOCKING lid.
Start drillin’ into the garbage can lid. The reason for drilling holes into your budget composter is to promote air flow to help all of your bits + pieces to decompose efficiently. But don’t get crazy on it like I did or else you’ll be bustin’ through it!
Lightly ease into it with the drill + let it start the hole for you. Don’t just press into the poor lid with your brute force like I did – it’s actually not as durable as you’d think. Thus, the busted up lid.
Ta-daaaaa!!!! A hole-y composter!!! I guarantee you, you’ll have fun drilling into this sucker. If you don’t find some exhilaration in this activity, write to me + we’ll go find stuff to drill into + I’ll show you what an awesome time it is!!!
With high nitrogen (“green”) content items like: veggies, fruits, grass clippings, egg shells, coffee grounds, etc. I keep my kitchen scraps under the sink in a plastic container that I found at a restaurant supply store.
A sidenote: if you chop your scraps into smaller pieces, the decomposition process will happen quicker. Another thing that Jeff suggested to me before I found my kitchen scrap bin, was to freeze the scraps. This way it wasn’t attracting fruit flies + getting all stinky in my kitchen! How does Jeff know these things?! Does he secretly read Mother Earth News when I’m not looking????!!!
“Tumbling” as green thumbs like to call it. Check me out in my new, sexy Vancouver wear!!! Sweats, y’all!!! Can’t touch this!!!! Hell-ooooo Pacific Northwest!!! I have arrived!!!! Cha-cha-chaaaa!!!!
Anyways, the tumbling is to help aerate all of the goodie bits inside, helping the oxygen move around to heat up + decompose all the hearty ingredients you thoughtfully combined in your budget composter.
Here is my Sensei. Everything I’ve learned here in this post comes from ravenously studying this video:
P. Allen Smith, y’all. His preppy, all American, Anglo-Saxon swagger is off the chain!!! I loves me some P. Allen.
Hopefully if you’re strapped by your budget, or you’re simply cheap – this will help you on your way to enriched soil greatness, straight from your backyard + kitchen!!! We’ll see how this all works out for me! I will keep you in the know!