Your casual approach to composting is so inspiring. I am afraid that I am not strong enough to lift bales of straw, but I wish I could. I am so envious of that rich compost. You've done wonders in such a short time.
Your article was very informative with good photos. I love your careless, casual attitude about a subject that many people, including me, regard as an esoteric ritual beyond our ordinary abilities.
When I finished your article, I thought, "I can do that!!... sort of."
Oh, I wish too! I'd love to be able to do this, but I've got just 1/4 acre and our house sits on that... I do make compost with tea bags, veggie and fruit peels and scraps using my Envirocycle, which does a great job, but our paper, cardboard, etc., still goes into the recycle bin and protein/fat based kitchen waste still hits the garbage can.
A quarter-acre is plenty! I'm not doing the straw bales here in Oregon on account of the incessant rain. My local Ace Hardware fills my truck bed with pallets if I catch them when they have more than needed. I stand them on end in a square & nail scrap wood across each of the 4 corners, then nail plastic sheeting or screen material so that it hangs down the insides of the square. Voila! A very efficient composter that cost nothing & will hold a dozen years' worth of contributions.
It doesn't look too bad either, but you could always dress it up with paint or plywood.
Of course, I applaud your Envirocycle & other efforts!
Summer, It's so good to know you are here! I hoped you were
still in Oregon and really settled in.
I don't have a compost pile, but I have a truck load to chips from the highway dept.
because they were cutting down weed trees under the power lines.. Once it is
rotted, I hope I can use it as compost.
Also, today I hope to have the lights on upstairs so that I can start seedlings.
As well, I have seeds from self sow varieties to scatter so this could be a very