Remember when I overthought my way into adding a composter behind the house? It’s been really handy having the composter so convenient to the kitchen (the picture below is from when I first put the composter in place two years ago).
However, it was apparently a little too convenient for someone else too. And we apparently were composting some overly delectable food stuffs (and I apparently haven’t weeded the patio yet this year). Side note: For about the third weekend in a row rain started as soon as I hung up the laundry. So annoying.
Someone tunneled into the composter, spreading food around and tilting the composter.
So compost clean-up was required–boy, you’re in for a glamourous post today.
I had been hoping to defer this area until the fall, when I can deal with all of the weeds behind the house, pick up rocks and seed new grass–basically what I’ve already done on the other side of the concrete steps. I’d do it all in one shot, level things out–and over-complicate a simple composter installation yet again.
But the composter was too tilted to use, and the smell of compost was making its way up to the kitchen window.
So I decided not to over-complicate things and to just fix the immediate problem.
I picked up the composter and set it aside. It’s light plastic and easily lifted off the ground. Then I scooped the compost that was strewn about into the wheelbarrow and went about releveling the area.
Along the way, I did end up extracting a bunch of rocks–what else is new–but I tried not to get too carried away. It still took Matt and Wiley three trips to take them to the rock pile behind the barn–and these are only from an area that’s about 3 feet by 4 feet. So ridiculous.
Then I was able to set the composter back in place and put the compost back inside. The compost looked really good, and I considered just spreading it right on the gardens, but there was enough food that was still whole that I just dumped everything back in the bin. Soon enough.
I piled a bit of dirt around the bottom of the composter and then spread some grass seed to hopefully help hold everything in place.
So it’s not glamourous, but it looks better–and the kitchen no longer smells like compost.
Still to come, the rest of the back of the house.
Do you have a composter at your house? Have you had any issues with animals getting into your compost pile? How long does it take for your compost to decompose?