But, as I read about it, composting just made sense. It made no sense to spend a bunch of time and energy raking leaves and mowing grass to dump in a landfill and then go out and spend a bunch of money to buy compost made of the same kind of stuff you just threw out. But, frankly, I was terrified of making a mistake. How do I know what kind of compost bin to get? How do I know what to put in it? How long will it take? Will it smell? Is it legal where I live? (Apparently it is. My county actually subsidizes compost containers to encourage composting.) So, after MUCH research, I finally ordered the Geobin from Amazon (that is not a sponsored link, by the way). I chose that one after watching these helpful videos comparing all different kinds of composters (credit to Dave Wilson for posting these on YouTube):
Testing Home Compost Units: Intro
Part 3 - the Results!
Geoffrey the Geobin arrived a few weeks ago and sat patiently in my garage where I would nervously glance at him on my way to and from the car. Finally, yesterday, I could avoid it no longer. I finally fastened Geoffrey's edges together to form a huge circular container and hammered the stakes into the ground behind my house (just around the corner from my new veggie bed). I then spent two hours raking up old, damp leaves that had been covering my backyard all winter (see my mea culpa here). I threw in a few kitchen scraps I'd been saving and, voila! My new compost bin:
A close-up shot of Geoffrey:
I should note that almost everyone recommends that leaves be "shredded" before composting. At this point, I do not own anything capable of shredding leaves (I'm sure my lovely boyfriend would not appreciate me running our dead, slightly rotting leaves through his paper shredder). So, I realize this material will probably take a lot longer to decompose than if I had shredded it. That's okay. I will be patient. Meanwhile, I guess I will be buying any compost I need this season from the garden store. Sigh.