How To Make A Compost Bin

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Composting seems like it should be something very difficult to accomplish but on the contrary it is quite easy and very helpful for our environment. Composting reduces the amount of waste in our landfills which reduces the amount of hazardous runoff in our water resources.

Gen 2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

How to choose Compost Container

To make your own compost bin you’ll need a sturdy container for composting. I used a rectangular Rubbermaid container but, you can use the upright Rubbermaid trash can as well.

Compost, Sustainability, Gardening, Recycling, Compost Bin, DIY Compost Bin, DIY ProjectsHow to Make your Compost  Bin

You’ll need a Phillips head screwdriver or and electric drill. Drill whole in the lid of the bin and around the bottom and sides or the bin. When drilling the whole around the sides be sure to drill them about 2 to 4 inches below the top rim of the bin.

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What Materials Can You Compost:

  • Paper napkins & towels
  • Freezer-burned vegetables or fruit
  • Fresh or rotten veggies or fruit scraps
  • Burlap coffee bags
  • Pet hair
  • Post-it notes
  • Wood chips
  • Lint from dryer & behind refrigerator
  • Hay
  • un popped Popcorn
  • Old spices & herbs
  • Pine needles
  • Leaves
  • Matches (paper or wood)
  • Seaweed and kelp
  • Grass clippings
  • Potato peelings
  • Paper with black & white ink
  • Weeds
  • Hair clippings
  • Stale bread
  • Coffee grounds
  • Wood ashes, Sawdust
  • Tea bags and grounds
  • Egg shells
  • Fruit rinds
  • Pea vines
  • Houseplant trimmings
  • Old uncooked pasta
  • Garden soil
  • Corncobs (takes a long time to decompose)
  • Kleenex type tissue paper (not toilet paper)
  • Tree bark
  • Flower petals
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Q-tips (cotton swabs: cardboard, not plastic sticks)
  • Expired flower arrangements
  • Citrus wastes (like lemons, orange and lime)
  • Old leather gardening gloves
  • Tobacco wastes
  • Nut shells
  • Straw
  • Shredded cardboard
  • Fish bones
  • Shrimp, Lobster & crab shells (I personally avoid adding animal products)
  • Toenail clippings
  • Leather wallets
  • Fruit pits
  • Wooden toothpicks
  • Stale breakfast cereal
  • Pickles
  • ‘Dust bunnies’ from under the bed
  • Pencil shavings
  • Wool socks,
  • Artichoke leaves,
  • Leather watch bands
  • Brown paper bags
  • Burned toast (not buttered)
  • Feathers
  • Animal fur
  • Vacuum cleaner bag contents
  • Old or outdated seeds
  • Liquid from canned vegetables or canned fruit
  • Snow
  • Dirt from soles of shoes
  • boots
  • soap scraps
  • Spoiled canned fruits and vegetables
  • Cardboard (shredded)
  • Grocery receipts

What Compost Material Should You Avoid?

Diseased plants, Animal products (meat,bones & dairy) they can create a foul smelling compost bin, Colored/color printed paper such as Rite aid & CVS circulars and weeds that root easily. I personally avoid all weeds.

How should you organizing your compost bin?

Your bin should alternate between green material and brown material. Brown material would things such as bark, pine needles, newspaper, wood chips or lint. Green materials would be things such as fruits or veggies.

Start your compost bin by adding a 2-4 inch thick layer of brown material to the bottom of your bin and water. I usually start with newspaper. Now add in a 2-4 inch layer of green materials. This is where I had my egg shells, tea bags, coffee grinds, fruit and vegetable scraps. I water the pile again, then I repeat a layer of brown and green. I alternate between layers until the bin is 3/4 of the way full. I give it a final water and seal it shut.

I set my bin in a sunny location and forget about it for 1 week. After 1 week I shake and turn the bin the mix the content together. I may take a peek inside but there is really nothing going on at this point. If my material seems dry I sprinkle it with water and seal it shut.

Kitchen Compost Collector: Each week I collect compost material from my kitchen. I store it inside of a old plastic butter container under the kitchen sink or in the refrigerator. Once the container is full, I dump it into the bin. Each time I dump the kitchen scraps I add a layer of newspaper. I shake or flip the bin over a few times and seal it shut.

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Maintenance Commitment: After initially making the bin, you will not need to give it much more attention than to flip it every couple of weeks. Continue adding materials to the bin as often as you accumulate them.

Using Your Compost: Four to six weeks prior to the time that you’d like to use your compost, discontinue adding materials. This would be a great time to construct another bin in order to continue collecting your scraps. Once the compost is ready use it in your gardens.

Organizing My Linen Closet

In my last post, I shared some of the benefits that come from keeping things organized. Today I’d like to take you on a short tour of my linen closet. This closet holds all of our surplus household items, hygiene items, shoes and linen.
On the top shelf in the far right corner you’ll find a bag filled with bed linen and another filled with curtains. On the immediately left (see the picture below) you’ll find all of our surplus and unopened hygiene items.
On the shelf beneath the hygiene shelf you’ll find the hygiene items that are open and in use. I am also using this shelf to store surplus household items such as laundry detergent ingredients, air freshener and dish soap.
The next shelf is for hair care and bathroom tissue. I use a medium sized rectangular basket to keep these items neat and organized. I use a plastic peanut butter jar to hold combs. Another rectangular compartment is inside of the basket to keep bulky items such as brushes and the flat iron organized. Shampoo and conditioner are in the rear of the basket while beads are stored in ziploc bags nestled inside the basket.

The next shelf is the shelf for linen and towels. Only my husband and I keep our towels in this closet. We have two each and 7 wash clothes each. There is always one towel in the bathroom and one in the closet. Towels are washed every other day along with dish clothes, dish towels and any unplanned bed linen washes. To the right of the towels are baby blankets for the children to use while watching television on the couch.

The final shelf is for my shoes, sneakers and sandals. This area holds 12 size 7 1/2 shoe boxes.


On the floor beneath the shelves are where my husband stores all of his non-work shoes and sneakers. With a a size 13 foot he can only store about 6 boxes or as you can see three pairs of shoes and one sneaker box.
It was so much fun organizing this closet to make the best possible use of space. Be sure to come back tomorrow. I’ll share with you how I organize my kitchen cabinets.

WHEW!

Crochet Wristlet and Crochet Hairbow
I have been really working hard to get some projects done. So far I have completed a purse and hair barrette for my daughters friend.

I have also finally taken in the waist of my husband’s pants. I was very apprehensive about attacking such a project since I had never done it before. I was afraid that I would mess up and have him not trust me to do any more alterations on his clothes.

One of the factors that convinced him to even buy me a sewing machine was the fact that I reassured him that I would be able to alter all of his dress pants. It’s only been about three weeks since I first received the sewing machine and he has been asking me every week when I would be doing the alterations on his pants.

I searched on-line for a video tutorial but could not find one anywhere. So you can understand why I felt so anxious about tackling this project. Keep in mind that I have no sewing experience. So right now I am breathing a sigh of relief because he is happy with the results.

I also told him that I would make him a suit with the sewing machine. I sure hope that he doesn’t begin asking me to begin working on that next.