Here is the beginning of the final compost set-up here at Soggy Hollow. There are a few things left to do, like bringing in a stockpile of horse manure and wood chips, plus dismantling a few more pallets for the plank doors.
From left to right in the photo above...
Two chickens in a second hand ready made coop that can be moved to any of the bins. They are our first scratch at food waste composting, which will be added to other bins while building those bins up.
Empty bins, waiting to be built up.
A bin of fall leaves for adding browns while building up.
Two full bins (built up) ready to be turned.
Big chicken coop that will feed our compost with riches like spent deep bed chicken coop straw and poop.
There you have it, our nearly complete compost corner. Does anybody remember Organic Gardening Magazine's Compost Corner? There was a time when I coveted that distinction as Composting Corner's composter of the month. I think you even were given a medal.
If you are new to composting, and friends please add to this to advice if you will, I recommend reading J.I. Rodale's Pay Dirt: Farming and Gardening with Compost. It was the first book I ever read about composting and organic gardening for that matter. It has been 20 years or more since I read that book but do remember that it was written in the early to middle part of the last century and was very prophetic about things like Tyson Food’s industrial chicken manufacturing plants, among other places where Rodale thought the world might be heading. That wasn’t the point, though those ideas did stick out to me as important. The point was using what is provided to provide for you and yours. From the micro to the global. It got me hooked on the idea of organic gardening. I want to thank my buddy Joey for recommending the book even if he didn’t actually recommend it because he was also a great influence toward converting me from Miracle Grow to organics. Thanks Joey!
I used to have a T shirt that said, "Compost, because a rind is a terrible thing to waste." Loved that shirt