We decided to build ourselves a homemade composter. Since this year we are growing a market garden we needed a BIG composter. One that can handle the tractor. We have lots of chickens and lots of poop around here so the composter has to be as wide as the tractor bucket.
We started off by pounding 6 – 2×4's into the ground.
Then we screwed 1×6's to the “posts”.
The ducks watched, quaked and got on our nerves…..they’re lucky they’re cute!
We continued on, leaving spaces between the boards for air circulation.
Then we pounded some more 2×4's behind the composter for support and then screwed them into the slates.
We made 2 sides. One for this year and then we will transfer the whole lot over to the bin beside it in the fall. This will decompose and will be ready the following year! You’ll notice that there are branches in the bottom. This is to give more airflow to the bottom. We will layer it with poop, kitchen scraps and straw.
My husband and son are bonding….LOL…building the doors to go on the composter so the ‘coons don’t pull all the scraps out.
Our first addition of kitchen scraps!
We have vowed to stay away from chemical fertilizers. Our grandparents didn’t need them and we don’t either!!
Since fertilizers are made from non renewable resources, such as fossil fuels, this goes hand in hand with our decrement experiment.
You can find more hobby farm adventures, recipes and a chicken or two at Cathy's blog www.heritagehollow.ca