|My former wire bin composter.
During the early years we had shore access. Four years ago our lease required us to remove our stairs to the outhouse (decommissioned in 2018 for an on-float compost toilet), my hillside potato patch, and my compost bin. I had to find an alternative for composting kitchen and garden waste on the cabin deck or in my floating garden.
|Cutting a plastic 55-gallon barrel in half.
Now that last year's batch of soil is ready to use, I'm starting over.
|A kitchen compost container.
Place four inches of soil in the bottom to start.
Use a kitchen compost container for fruit and vegetable trimmings chopped into pieces.
|Layering chopped plant matter, Rot-It and soil.
Add garden trimmings if you have them.
Sprinkle with compost accelerator. I use Rot-It.
Moisten with water.
Add 1" of soil over fresh items.
|A cover cut to fit and a plastic mesh cage.
When it's time to add a new layer, stir the ones below first.
Continue layering waste and soil until the barrel is full.
Let your composter rest with it's porous cover on for several months while the organic matter decomposes. Periodically moisten and mix to encourage the composting process.
|Compost turned into rich soil in 8 months.
Your rewards will be less kitchen and garden waste going into the garbage stream, and free rich soil coming into your garden.
Do you do compost? What process do you use? Do you have any tips to add to my post? -- Margy
If you've ever dreamed of living away from town in an off-the-grid home, or in town with a simple lifestyle, you'll enjoy reading Off the Grid: Getting Started.