RAINBOW FAMILY GATHERINGS: Unofficial Community for Rainbow Family
We have no green matter to add to our kitchen scraps, our only compost. And we get frequent visits from coyote; an occasional javelina party in our yard. We are renting, so don't want to do too much fencing (and we love the animals visiting); or do something that will be too hard to move. So I came up with this system. Zen built the cage. The top board unscrews on one wide (I lost the wingnut) and swings back. :
black to promote heat
I pry the plastic lid up a little 1/week and add 1/2 gal water. This is the laziest, easiest compost I've ever had. With vegetable/dairy/fish waste from 2 people, I actually attend to this can about 2/month.
50 cent thrift store pillowcases divide my compost by age. A shake once in a while (twice/month) is all they need. All these fit in the can. When I start a new one, I take out the bottom one which is completed compost, ready to sift.
no grass trimmings, leaves or anything to add to kitchen scraps in our yard, I found this stuff to compost with. At $9/lb, this costs us less than $50/yr. I use a handful each time I add several plastic grocery bags full of kitchen scraps. I also add a couple of handfuls of more completed compost from the bottom pillowcase to jumpstart. Bokashi makes my compost smell-free in the can; smells of good soil/faint sauerkraut when I'm working with it. Link: http://www.the-compost-gardener.com/bokashicomposting.html
I break most of the rules in the first video on this page; just first watched it today. Also, we don't bury anything; that would be very hard in our caliche soil; and don't want to dig up the desert we moved here to live in anyway. Without following all their science, bless 'em, our compost works dandy.
This has been some very Happy Composting!!