Ok folks, my apologies for not keeping you more upto date on the goings on of my compost, but here it is.
Firstly I was completely amazed that after 4 weeks of composting my garbage accumulation had dwindled so drastically. From putting a garbage bin out for collection once a week, I had reduced this to just once every four weeks. Yes, one bag between 2 people every 4 weeks. This is great for so many reasons, but most notably the reduction of plastic bags needed for garbage. I am very happy with this.
The compost itself is doing great and it certainly is reducing nicely and looks nothing like 8 bags worth of garbage. There are a number of fruit-flies in the bin, but they are not unmanageable. The bin does not smell bad and is maintaining the sweet smelling scent of potting compost, albeit a little stronger smelling. We have, so far, had no issues with bears and I am told that if it is done correctly, we shouldn’t. I am also told that if bears do begin to show an interest then one can just reduce the amount of fruit one puts in.
I have developed a system now for the card, as it was becoming a mess, piling up next to the kitchen door. We now have a bucket (obtained from the local ice cream store) in which I place all the card and egg boxes. First of all I rip these up into small pieces (as they break down easier this way) and then stock the bucket up so that it is easy to add to the compost each time I visit with the veggies. This can be a little time consuming, but I feel it is definitely worth it.
The whole process seems to be working great so far. As I seemed to be lacking in the carbon area, I decided to chop down a few weeds around the yard and pile them next to the compost for additional brown material should I need it. The leaves turn brown very quickly and although I am told that leaves are a little slow to decompose in the bin, they are working great to simply layer on top to reduce the fruit fly habitat!
Has anyone else been composting and would like to share a few tips – I’d love to hear from you. Thanks