The neat design to this composter is it's two chambers. That way, I have two batches to work with and hopefully can harvest my first batch in what the instructions say: 5-6 weeks. I can add less coarse bits to one side to start this spring and add regular compost to the other side. While one side newly composts the other side I can begin to use. That's the theory anyway... It also has a great lid that is animal proof (hopefully) and it's off the ground. So critters if trying to get on it, will fall off because it rotates easily.
|One of my hanging baskets
To start I added some soil from my winter containers. It's spent soil from last years annuals, and to initiate decomposition you need some soil. I also added just a skimming of soil from my garden (it has the microbes to help break down the refuse).
- a brown layer (leaves, soil)
- a wet (kitchen) layer
- and a green layer in stages.
My brown layer was made up of leaves, some leftover fall annuals (cut up), some perennial die-back and clippings from my rose bush.
The wet layer was made up of coffee grounds, potato peelings...etc. (Never compost dairy, meat, bones and wood ashes).
last week for homemade mulch.
I've yet to fill the entire left chamber. I added water to get all the soil and material inside slightly moist (not soggy).
I will fill it all up once my other containers have thawed out. They were still frozen. lol
Now that temperatures are getting warmer and there's plenty of bright spring sunshine, warmth and moisture will begin the process. Will keep you posted as to how long it will take to get workable compost!