Kayla K gets a compost bin!
Well, everyone, I have achieved a life goal: I have a compost bin!
My new apartment has a 9′ x 9′ back patio. It is just big enough to hold my swing, drying rack, and compost bin.
I use my old recycling bin because my new city uses something else. It is a good size and already has some holes in the bottom.
I am excited to tell everyone about my compost bin. The first thing they always say is, “Eew, gross! Doesn’t that stink up such a small space?”
Compost bins should smell like dirt. You know that happy feeling that you associate with gardening and mudpies? That is what compost should smell like.
If your compost stinks, it is because you do not have enough “browns.”
You cannot just toss all of your kitchen waste into a bin and expect it do turn to dirt. You need browns like dead leaves to keep a balance.
Of course, as an apartment dweller, I do not have dead leaves. I solve this with my browns box.
My browns box is a pop-flat that I keep next to my back door. It is filled with shredded toilet paper tubes, bank and credit card statements, and newspaper. Whenever I head outside to empty my compost I grab a handful of “browns” as well.
Because we don’t garden I am able to compost a lot of “no-no’s” like dog poop and hair and dryer lint. I also empty our canister vacuum into the bin.
Having a compost bin has cut back dramatically on our trash. We have been filling only one kitchen-sized back each week.
Even with a compost bin Spencer can enjoy a quiet drink on the patio. The mosquitos are a whole ‘nother issue!