Yo, this is a farmy post, so don’t be expecting food – I’m talking about stuff from the other end of the beast.
So, I went and checked my worm bin, and saw that the worms have had absolutely no interest in the chicken bedding and droppings. Every second day, I collect the droppings from the bottom of the coop, and had been adding it to the worm bin. But the worms won’t eat it, and there is just too much nitrogen in chicken poo for it to be safe for applying straight to the plants, I felt I had to make a mini compost bin. I mean, I can’t be wasting all of that quality manure, can I? Luckily, my local farmy market leaves a bunch of styrofoam boxes near the door. We have a cute thing going, where they put them out and then I take them. I mostly use them for planter boxes, but have used the lids to add insulation to the floor of my coop. This time, I used the boxes to make a mini compost set.
This is just a pile of styro boxes, with panels cut out the sides. I guess the essential elements of composting are heat, airflow and a nice balance between carbon and nitrogen.
So to make this:
- I used a saw to cut panels in the longer sides of the boxes – the box with two panels on each side is preferable, as there is a bit more support for stacking them.
- Line the open panels with flyscreen – I had some second-hand flyscreen laying about. This allows airflow, and it’s dark, but it also stops stupid bugs flies getting in there.
- Attach the screen – staple gun was useless. I ended up using some cable ties rather than any glues. The pressure of the contents will keep it closed for the most part.
I’ll let you know how it goes. One of the boxes filled up with about 3 months is now ready, so I bring an empty one to the top. They can all sit in a pile until the stuff is composted and ready for planting.