If you live a in warm climate and get less than 10 inches of rain a year, setting up a compost bin is an excellent idea in a water-wise yard. I have avoided putting succulent trimmings in my black tower bin.
As I started telling you about composting, I realized I should try the succulent trimmings. Aeoniums and Echeverias, have moisture and are similar to kitchen scraps like potato peel and fruit that is allowed to get too ripe. Well, this will be my next subject to write about.
Today is about getting the compost bin started.
Being experienced and time-worn I can recall the incinerators that used to be in almost every suburban backyard in mid-20th century Los Angeles County. By the time my parents purchased a home with the concrete tower it was time to disposed of it. The Air Pollution Control District started in 1948, voted to get rid of incinerators and the smoky practice was against regulations Sept. 30, 1958. Cities were to start comprehensive trash pick up. One of the first add-on charges to the city bill, I imagine.
In this modern and greener age the compost bin does the same thing, but more. I don’t think lawn clippings were burned. The incinerator was for dry items only, a compost tower can receive dry and wet items and would be beneficial in every yard.
Every afternoon we get a prevailing wind that dissipates the CO2 it generates. I can only image the plants and trees in my yard may generate enough oxygen for a trade off. Zero footprint would be nice.
Composting Helps Save Water
Adding compost helps to retain water in soil.
The kitchen disposal with its running water is used so much less. Less than once a week in this house.
Save cooking liquids for the bin’s moisture.
Three Pages Already Published About Compost Bin Startup
Have You Started A Compost Bin?
Leave your thoughts below. Always Having Fun in Your Backyard, Sherry Venegas
Information source on the LA County incinerators.