blog for Earth Day, and I would like to continue the Earth Day Blog tradition, because this is a pretty important day in my book. I mean without our earth, no other holidays would matter because we wouldn’t be here right?
So now we have decided on an open compost for the new house. We are going to use a tarp probably to help dampen them smell for the neighbors, but personally I never minded the smell.
Here is how we are making our open compost pile:
• 7 lengths of 2 x 6 wood, each cut to 3'. Your lumberyard will make the cuts for you. Get exterior, rough, unplanned wood. The wood does not need to be treated with preservatives - untreated lumber will last many years.
• Four lengths of 2 x 2 wood (or 4 x 4 ), each cut to 3' lengths.
• Galvanized common nails, 2 3/4" long. 28 nails.
Putting it together:
• Sharpen one end of each 2 x 2 to act as stakes. This will keep your bin in place.
• Set stakes in place and drive them down into the ground with a sledge or heavy hammer.
• Nail the 3' boards to the 2 x 2's. Leave space between the boards to help aerate the pile. Pre-drilling the nail holes will make nailing easier and prevent the wood from splitting. This is where you can get creative and make your bin taller, or more air space) Make sure you keep the front low, so only nail one board on in the front so that you can easily dump into, scoop out of, and turn your pile as you need.
• Check your stakes, and drive them down to secure everything.
What can you put in a compost pile? (From: http://www.plantea.com/compost-materials.htm )
Burlap coffee bags
Lint from behind refrigerator
Hay Popcorn (unpopped, 'Old Maids,' too)
Leaves Matches (paper or wood)
Seaweed and kelp
Old, dried up and faded herbs
Bird cage cleanings
Hoof and horn meal
Gin trash (wastes from cotton plants)
Hair clippings from the barber
Tea bags and grounds
Powdered/ground phosphate rock
Corncobs (takes a long time to decompose)
Milk (in small amounts)
Starfish (dead ones!)
Melted ice cream
Q-tips (cotton swabs: cardboard, not plastic sticks)
Expired flower arrangements
BBQ'd fish skin
Stale potato chips
Old leather gardening gloves
Guinea pig cage cleanings
Quail eggs (OK, I needed a 'Q' word)
Tea bags (black and herbal)
Electric razor trimmings
Bagasse (sugar cane residue)
Burned oatmeal (sorry, Mom)
Lint from clothes dryer
Tofu (it's only soybeans, man!)
Wine gone bad (what a waste!)
Moss from last year's hanging baskets
Stale breakfast cereal
'Dust bunnies' from under the bed
Leather watch bands
Tossed salad (now THERE's tossing it!)
Brown paper bags
Lees from making wine
Feathers and Animal fur
Vacuum cleaner bag contents
Coconut hull fiber
Old or outdated seeds
Macaroni and cheese
Liquid from canned vegetables
Liquid from canned fruit
Greeting card envelopes
Dead bees and flies
Peanut butter sandwiches
Dirt from soles of shoes, boots
Fish bones Ivory soap scraps
Spoiled canned fruits and vegetables
Produce trimmings from grocery store
For some other ideas as to what you can do for earth day, check out The International Business Times 2015 Earth Day activities.