What? I can do what?! Why did this never occur to me???
Way back when I first began Even Green Boots Leave Trails, I talked about composting.
Specifically, I talked about the process that's involved in composting: dirt, green and brown materials, as well as what percentage of each component to use. I talked about my kitchen compost pail and my compost heap that I began in the backyard.
Later, I began yet another compost pile, using a cracked wheelbarrow that had been left here by the former occupants of the house. I never mentioned this one, largely because there's only so much that needs to be said about my soil creation habits.
That's all changing now, thanks to Amanda, the creator of In Heels and Backwards. See, she wrote this piece entitled, very simply, "Composting!" I expected the usual: How to do it, why it's a great practice, etc.
That's not what I read about.
Well, ok... that was covered... but there was more to it than that!
She used a large plastic garbage bin, did all the proper drilling of holes and addition of materials, and then did something that never once, for all the composting that I do, occurred to me:
"I took the wheels off and placed the bin in a plastic storage container. This is because all the water and liquid that drains out of your compost bin becomes liquid fertilizer and is really really good for your plants."
Oh my gosh!!!
How is it possible that this never once crossed my mind?! It's so simple, and so perfect!
Composting produces fertile, rich soil for the garden. The new soil becomes nutrient rich, and provides a healthy growing environment for your garden.
Composting during the winter helps prepare you for the spring, helping you reduce, or even negate, the need for buying pre-bagged soil to mix into the garden. That's one less expense you have to worry about!
By placing a plastic container underneath your DIY compost bin, therefore, you get even more benefit from it, as any nutrient rich water drains out.
And here I was, solely looking at my fish tank for this purpose...
Naturally, I'm now in the process of looking for a plastic storage container that's big enough to place beneath my wheelbarrow!
Her post on composting is really worth checking out. The entry is a great read, and her photography is outstanding. I'm really glad I subscribed to In Heels and Backwards!