After we bought a house here in Nashville, it was a goal of mine to start composting. I went and bought the essentials:
- Chicken Wire
- Rake/Shovel (to help mix)
- Wire Cutters (if you don’t already have some)
When I came home with my supplies, I had to figure out the best spot for my compost heap. Our backyard is not very big & we have two big dogs who would love nothing more than to play & eat such compost, so I chose the cozy spot RIGHT NEXT to the house & to make it worse, right next to the neighbors as well (without their knowledge).
So pleased was I with every bucket of compost I brought outside & dumped in my pile. So proud was I of all the waste I was saving from the landfill. So happy was I, that I naturally started to get lazy with my dumpings. Not once did I stir my compost. Only a few times did I add “brown matter” to my compost. I added baked goods & ENTIRE watermelons I reluctantly thought I would eat, but never did, and when I cut into it, the insides seeped out…so gross…I HAD to just throw it into the compost. I was so lazy with my compost, I invited even grosser things to the party.
If you watched my video above, you saw the holes that formed, which I chose to ignore at first. I ignored them because I wanted my composting to work & to continue making the wonderful feelings it gave me. Wwweeeellllll, it wasn’t until one night, dumping my compost, that a RAT squeaked at me as it DOVE UNDER MY HOUSE, causing me to scream, & run back inside. My husband & roommate were right there, so I had to come clean about the uncleanliness of my compost heap & I was forced to shut down. My roommate said the rats could eventually get into the house, which grossed me out even more & that was the end of that.
There were no other logical spots to put a new ground compost spot within our yard (front or back), so I decided to buy a real composter. Please learn from my mistakes & keep the rats and vermin at bay! Yes, rotting food attracts all sorts of bugs & such, but we can avoid them as well. My next few posts will be about composting, so keep learning with me. Have you tried composting already? Have you had some failures or it is going well? Let’s chat!