I am very excited about this composting system modification I have developed for easier home composting! I have been composting for a long time now with varying results. Most composting in the high desert is slow composting. In dry areas, composting takes a long time for anyone who follows traditional composting techniques, especially at home.
Home composting in general is problematic in the Southwest. There is difficulty finding enough free material to compost in the proper proportions at the same time, if you have a full size composting bin. I find generally there is a lot of brown material available, and a shortage of green material for composting. A small family does not generate enough kitchen scraps to balance with any real amount of brown material.
I have been using a large barrel for composting. The barrel is cracked on the bottom. With an open bottom barrel, by placing kitchen scraps in it, the barrel becomes several cockroach’s favorite buffet.
Going outside after dark with a flashlight, seeing several well fed roaches, moon bathing near the barrel is not a pretty site. The number of roaches is not quite as bad as the cockroach mulberry diners I write about here, but they do run a close second. Seeing a small number of cockroaches is seeing too many for me.
I started looking on the web for a solution a few months back. How can a city dweller compost on a small scale, without a large investment in time or money? Secondly, how do you keep cockroaches out of the compost bin? I found this youtube video named, “How to make organic compost at home“. The video is only a few minutes, and provides a basis for what follows.
After seeing the video, I appreciate the concept of the system. Four clay pots are manageable. I appreciate the way one pot is filled, moved to the bottom of the stack, then a second pot is started. Pot stacking saves space. The system works as is. To me the created compost tends to look more like dried kitchen waste and not compost as I think of compost. I wanted to make this system better.
I like the idea of using small quantity of kitchen waste. Unless several people are in a household, kitchen scraps suitable for composting are always small quantities. If you are looking for a simple, and inexpensive small scale way to compost, this is a good composting system. This system if how it looks is not an issue could be inexpensive to set up. This is a simple compost system to use made easier with a a few changes.
I tinkered with this system, using ideas being used in and around composting to achieve better results. In later posts, I will explain improvements I have made to this system that make it easier and more fool proof. More to come in future posts.