Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Compost Monday

Having a small yard limits me to a small area for composting. When turning the compost I have to move it from one side to the other. Since I have let this pile sit for most of the summer not adding much to it I wanted to sift out the finished compost. I have three ten gallon continers I use to store the compost until needed.

Photos below are of my turning and sifting process and as always click on the photos for a larger view.

From the looks of these healthy seedlings poking out of the bin I would have to say the compost is fertile.

Photo below: All this uncomposted (is that even a word?) material will go to the bottom...

I remove the first layer of the bin and place it next to the composter...

Once I started digging I found lots and lots of worms...

I placed one of my 10 gallon containers into the compost bin and covered it with a piece of wire fencing to use as a screen.

Photo Below: I place small amounts of compost onto the screen and run my hand over it to allow the finished compost and some worms to fall into the container leaving the larger pieces to be placed back into the composter to continue to break down.

Photo Below: Black Gold... if you look closely you will see some worms.

Photo Below: All done...

Photo Below: 30 gallons of compost ready for the garden. The worms in the containers will continue to work the soil.

In another two weeks I will repeat this process... by then I will have used up at least one of my 10 gallon containers. I also want to try starting seeds in my home made compost in February for my 2010 garden.

Happy Composting...


  1. That's a cool way of turning the compost pile. And you get rewarded with some finished compost too. I have to work on a better composting system for next year.

  2. Gosh, I wish mine was that easy! But, mine is pretty big - so that wouldn't work.

  3. I really like your composter. I don't think I've ever seen that particular one.

  4. Hi Cheryl,

    San Mateo County RecycleWorks was selling the Smith & Hawken Biostack bins at a reduced rate as part of their recycling program. I think they were $60.00. If you buy them at retail they run about $130.00. They are made from recycled plastic from the area I live in.
    It works well for the size of my yard.

  5. Oh, it's so nice to see a Biostack at work! I was in the last group of people to be able to purchase one from SMC (I think we must be neighbors, I'm in San Carlos and found your blog in the SFG forum on GW - wow, that's a lot of acronyms) before they put the program on pause, and I've been wondering what the best way to screen it would be. Your method looks like it'll work out really well, and is a lot easier than what I was envisioning.

    I love all the garden updates!

  6. Hi Spaghetina,

    Sorry I'm just now seeing your post. Thanks so much for reading my blog. Yes we are neighbors. I'm in Redwood City but grew up in San Carlos. My parents still live there. Keep in touch and let me know how your composting is going.