composting is something i've wanted to do for the longest time. i had a bit of a block about it. so much info online and yet i couldn't locate a dummies version - put this in then put that in.
with the help of some good folk online, i took the plunge. my main objective is to reduce waste. mostly kitchen waste and paper. so that's what i started with, as well as cardboard.
so on the chance there is one other person out there looking for a composting for dummies, here is mine.
a simple water butt
a large lid makes it easy to get things in and out, and to aerate with occassional turnings
a hole on the bottom lets any liquids out and worms in (worms are good)
a little soil on the bottom to help it all along
shredded paper (by hand, have no shredder)
the smalller the pieces the quicker it'll break down, but i'm lazy, so, whatever.
dog supervisor optional
a little more soil
ratio: more paper, cardboard, and woody stemmed plants, than kitchen waste.
add a little water, or pee, yes, pee, to keep it ever so slightly moist.
we have too many seedy weeds in our garden waste to add that, so i'm hand collecting old nettles, leaving them to brown and then adding that.
i also need to drill some holes on the top to let in air.
there, easy... no excuses not to have one.