What have I learned in my first year of composting? That I am lazy…:) While the budget friendly composting bins are great, I am not getting around to turning them as often as I need to get the temperature up. In my original blog on composting, I walked you through the basics. I also shared my homemade composting bin as an inexpensive alternative to manufactured models. This bin works great, but because of its size, was hard to turn every few days. Without turning your compost, you are on the slow composting path, which takes about 9 months to a year to break down. So I have invested in the Yimby Composter Tumbler (cost $86 on Amazon) and so far really like how easy it is. Granted, it’s nowhere near the size as my homemade bin but it does makes my life easier.
Composting makes all the difference, as you can see in the picture of my giant zucchini plant. I’ve already harvested two zuchinis, three jalapenos, and a cucumber. In late May/early June, harvesting anything is new to me. My herbs are also taking off like never before. In fact, I am considering planting more and more perennial herbs and removing lawn. They are edible and require less water and maintenance than grass. In Texas, I am growing oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme as perennial evergreen herbs. Mint is also perennial but will be gone with the first frost. They are also beautiful and fragrant!
I read an intersting article about growing fruits and veggies from kitchen scraps: https://www.treehugger.com/green-food/how-grow-6-fruits-scraps.html. Great exercise to do with your kids. We have tried some of them, avocados are easy…we have two ready to be planted and put out for the summer now.