|Project by Dchip||posted 01-15-2013 03:46 PM||1313 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
The big project for this year is composting. Being in a city with a small porch certainly complicates things, but I am confident that I can get a system going in at least some capacity. I browsed many $100+ systems, but this price-point was just too high for something that may not work (or work well). In the end, I decided on a system based off of 5-gallon buckets (the beginnings of which are posted here). They’re basic HD buckets with lids (<$5) that I spray-painted black to warm in the sun. I also added some drainage/aeration holes. My plan is to just fill the buckets on a rolling basis, numbering each and keeping track of timing, etc. The buckets themselves can be stacked in the sun and mixed (shaken up) quite easily on a regular basis.
Since I have no experience with composting, am I missing some obvious fault with this system? Right now the only issues I can foresee are longevity and capacity, both solved with more buckets. I may also need the temps to rise a bit before any real breakdown takes places. Smell could be a big issue – but from my understanding healthy compost smells earthy and fresh. I appreciate any and all input. Thanks.
-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC