Anyone who has heard me talk about composting will confirm that I readily admit to being a lazy composter.
I do not chop my food scraps into tiny pieces to help them decompose faster. I do not worry about monitoring my compost for moisture – if it looks dry I take the lid off before it rains. I do not turn my compost every two to four weeks.
And between you and me, I am not even avid about covering up my food scraps with carbon rich material. I just got myself two compost bins so I always have room (my lazy composting takes a little longer than active composting).
I may be lazy, but I’m no procrastinator. I knew I was going to need room for my fall leaves, so I harvested one of my compost bins for the first time in two years. The result:
I had so much finished compost I had to find innovative ways to store it until I could use it. I utilized my old recycle bin (I no longer need now that I have a 95 gallon recycling cart). I also used empty cat litter buckets and some old plant pots. And when I got really desperate, I repurposed a sturdy bird food bag.
|Buddy was impressed.|
|Mission accomplished! Look at all the room I created for my leaves.|
To conserve room and energy (my energy) I set my mower to bag the leaves and just emptied the chopped up leaves into my compost bins.
Cher is a Program Specialist for the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District.