Poop Pile: Working With Compost
For the longest time, I felt guilty that I didn’t have a compost pile. I thought it was a lot of work and a stinky mess.
While I’m always looking for ways to live closer to the land, I also need to live simply. I thought composting would be rather complicated and require some specific gadgets. But once we had a steady supply of fresh chicken poop, I figured I owed it to myself, my plants and my planet to give it a try.
And guess what? It’s been super-easy, with no odor that I’ve noticed!
Here are the steps I took for a simple compost pile:
- I bought a container for indoor compost. It’s a simple plastic storage container with a handle on the lid. (I thought that would make it easier to carry outside to the compost pile, but I usually take the lid off and just carry out the container.)
2. I personally have not saved scraps from our plates, although I’m sure that would work . I save waste from fruit and veggies as I chop (but not meat or dairy scraps). I keep the scraps inside for a day or two max.
3. The compost pile has brown matter (leaves) and green matter (grass clippings). I keep it in the corner of our yard, near the sweet potato patch. I don’t have a fence around it. I just keep it in a semi-neat pile with my shovel.
4. When I’m ready to add to the compost pile, I use a shovel (pitchforks are rather expensive!!) and dig a small hole. Into the hole, I add the fruit or veggie scraps from my indoor container or a bucket of chicken poop from our chicken coop (which I add to daily and dump about once every week or two). Don’t use cat or dog poop!
6. It’s rainy season in Florida, so I never water my compost pile. When we have a dry spell, I’ll probably water it with the hose once in a while.
7. Infrequently, whenever it occurs to me (probably once a month or so, maybe less often), I use the shovel to “stir” the pile around a bit.
And that’s it! Once the compost inside the pile is black and shiny, it’s ready to use on plants! Nice and simple!!
I realize that there are a few requirements for my style of composting: a yard, plants to use the compost in, chickens to produce the poop. And I’m sure there are many other methods and styles of composting.
What’s your poop pile style??