Normally, I compost in my garden, but this year, I am going to have all my plants in pots. It makes it so much easier to weed than trying to keep a whole garden weeded. Not only that,.. my peppers did better in pots than in the ground.
To compost successfully you need 4 things. Air, Water, Browns and Greens.
Air ... In order for foods to compost they need plenty of air. I have a small shovel that I turn my pile daily with. I also have a loose fitting lid I put on this bucket.
Water ... Always make sure your pile is damp, not wet but damp like a wrung out sponge.
Brown ... This would be dry dead plants, sawdust, leaves in the fall, straw, I usually put some potting soil in mine to get it started. Most potting soil is made of some of the above anyway.
Green ... This would be your vegetable or fruit scraps, tea bags, coffee grounds, egg shells (rinsed) etc. I never put food in my container that has any oil on it.
I first started my composting in a bucket, but I very quickly found out I have a lot ... I mean a lot of vegetable scraps. Also, the fruit flies were horrible and I had it on my back porch. I need to do something fast to get it off my porch.
I have this spot by my house that I can't plant anything because there are gas lines running about 2 inches under the soil. I decided to use this as our composting spot.
First I laid a thick pile of newspapers down to keep the weeds down. There is black plastic down but it is under a few inches of soil. I am not sure how this is going to work and if I have to redo it... I will.
My Hubs came up with the idea to use large containers that you mix concrete in. Two of these would fit perfect betweet the window wells that are there. Why the heck did people use window wells anyway. I don't like them. He cut the center out of the containers so next spring, I can plant in these. Hopefully my compost will make nice rich soil.
Next, I dumped my bucket of compost starter into these tubs. I then added some topsoil I bought just to get it started
I will be planting in the compost, plus all the containers around it. It will be like a small garden.
I plan on planting zucchini in the compost containers and see how they do. I actually have my zucchini started already in smaller pots.
So what are you planning on planting this year?