I want to set aside a portion of my small yard for a compost pile. My
father-in-law simply started a heap on the back part of his property
and lets it expand as necessary. However, since I do not have much yard
space, I am looking for ideas on how to create a relatively compact
compostpile that can be secured so my dog and toddler do not distrub
Any suggestions? The cheaper the better since I have a set of twins on
the way and diapers are eating away at the paychecks.
I've owned these Soilmaker compost bins for many years, and they work
There are numerous products on that page. I'm referring to the black 4-sided
box. There are hatches at the front and the neighboring side, for removing
finished compost. Very convenient. And, the dark color helps warm the thing,
so I get maybe an extra month or so of composting at either end of the
A couple of friends have not been impressed with the tumbler type units, but
others report good results. Without knowing how someone's feeding their
compost (types of scraps, size of scraps), there's no way to say one unit's
better than another.
If you think you'll be collecting a day or two worth of scraps in the
kitchen before bringing them outside, head to a tackle shop or sporting
goods store and get an inexpensive small bait bucket. They have a perforated
lid. If you don't have ventilation, you'll get anaerobic decomposition which
stinks like crazy. Give the scraps some air, and they can be indoors for 2-3
days before getting smelly.
Congratulations on the coming Great Event.
Re: diapers, I guess this isn't any of my beeswax, but how about just
using cloth diapers and laundering them? That's how I did, and that
was abroad, with a helper but without a washing machine or recourse to
Today, with a washing machine, should be no pain no strain. Just
flush the, er, solid matter in the toilet, rinsediaper lightly,
deposit in pail of soapy water, and do a batch daily in washer. ily.
Suggestion is because (a) keeps ENORMOUS QUANTITIES of throwaway
diapers out of the landfill and (b) much easier on your paychecks.
I agree. I speak as a ma who had two babies (11 months apart) in
cloth nappies at the same time for well over a year, and no helper;
just a washing machine. The nappies were soaked in a nappy-sterilising
unit, cold wash in the machine (no soap), dried. It took barely any
The cotton nappies were snowy white and so hygeinic the babies never
had any rashes. Contrary to what disposable-nappy companies claim, this
method is far, far cheaper than disposables and MUCH healthier for the
baby. The chemicals in disposables are rather suspect and if you look on
the net, you'll find a lot of research into their possible effects on
babies who wear them a lot.
Trying to economize hardly means you shouldn't have children. Nor
does trying to use a better solution to diapering than expensive,
everlasting disposable diapers. I used cloth diapers on both my boys.
It was a bit of work, but worth it.
Ann, gardening in Zone 6a
South of Boston, Massachusetts
I suggest just digging a hole in a new place, everytime you have a batch to
put away. Did that with my first small garden and it had numerous effects.
There wasn't a "pile" to turn or otherwise take care of. The clay soil got
mixed in with the compost. Even during the winter, I would dig holes and
had very little garden prep in spring. The garden had excellent results.
Even the next door neighbors who I considered experts in the field, were
amazed. A long narrow shovel did best.
<Persephone> wrote in message wrote:
I salvaged an old fence a mate was pulling down and used the posts and slats
to build a double bin compost system. I used beading from the fence on the
inside of the front posts and simply slide planks in or out as the compost
heap grows or gets dug out. A spade, some nails, a hammar and a saw was all
Other people I know have used old car tyres stacked 3-5 tyres high.
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