Hidden in our yard, far away behind the shed, is my Corner of Shame:
After I moved the sandbox to the play area, this empty corner became a magnet for the detritus of all my other projects. Â It was beyond my control. Â And, since it is literally out of sight, well, you get the idea.
Shame was less of a motivator than need, however. Â I needed a new compost system. Â This one was NOT doing it for me:
I mean, it was a fine (free) bin, but I had to have somewhere to start another one while this pile cooked. Â Plus, since it was tucked between the back of the shed and the fence, I didn’t have enough room to swing my shovel.
The corner formerly known as Sandbox, was a perfect location for my new system. Â I just needed to erase The Shame. Â Thankfully, October proved to be slightly cooler than hell, so I got to work.
Now, to construct the new bin system. Â I had a few pallets leftover from my playhouse project, a few planks I salvaged from a neighbor’s old fence and some hardware cloth leftover from the chicken coop. Â Cordless screwdriver, leftover hardware and viola! Â An almost free compost system.*
One side gets all the kitchen scraps, chicken poop, leaves, garden debris and weekly mixing until it reaches about 3 feet high and wide. Â Then I let it sit for a couple months or so (with weekly stirring). Â Meanwhile, I start the process on the other side. Â When the first pile is almost done I stick it in the compost tumbler as a final mixer.
*I got this one half off through the city rebate program. Â (Downsize your curbside garbage can and Austin will subsidize a compost bin).
Confession and penance done. Â Now I am shame-free. Â Until next week.