Earlier this week the sun was shining and I got outside and caught up on some weeding and tidying up of the garden beds. My mum was staying with us and played with Ben while I worked in the garden. It was very refreshing spending this time alone in the garden, out in the fresh air and catching up on tasks that I have been wanting to get around to for some time.
As mum and I sat and had some morning tea I mentioned to her how I was waiting for Dean to 'build' a large double compost heap and mum then went on to tell me about hers back home, in NSW. Within 10 minutes I was upright and marching towards our stable...and this is what we did...
It's hiding there along the fenceline.
This is our new 'temporary' compost heap. Mum helped me move the bales to make a square shape with an entry. We positioned the bales length ways so their sides face the sky.
I emptied out the current compost bin contents and spread it around the garden. I then positioned the bin inside the bale square so I can easily empty and refill the bin. The bin stops the dog from eating the freshly deposited food scraps etc and we can place other garden waste to the side of the bin.
This design isn't perfect, but it has enabled me to collect more waste and creates a useful space to empty and turn over the compost. I actually like the rustic look and I like making use of the hay bales too.
Something I have realised this week is that according to my blog posts our weeping cherry tree is blooming one entire month earlier than last year. I wouldn't have remembered this as I don't normally take notes...however I have started to this past week...but that is for another post! Having a blog is a wonderful tool to record changes in your home and garden and I hope that this time next year I will be looking back at this 'old' compost heap and remembering the day my mum helped me to create it.
I am wondering what my readers use to compost scraps and garden waste? Do you use the plastic bins or a handmade heap? What do you put on your compost heaps?
Thanks for visiting,
P.S I've posted a recipe today over at the cop-op blog, so do stop by Simple Frugal Green Co-op for my Great Grandma Goldsacks lovely sandwich spread. It's simple and delicious!