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Hey folks –

This might seem a bit off-topic, but today I learned just how easy it is to create a compost bin and I wanted to share this knowledge!! Yes, I know, this is probably well-known by lots of folks, but it’s brand new to me, and I am stoked.

SO – a little bit of background:

I am FINALLY in a place in my life where I am able to *make manifest* all my dreams and resolutions.  By this I don’t mean that I have money (or even a steady, living-wage job, for that matter) or unlimited magic dust, y’all –  I mean that for the first time in my entire life I am FINALLY free enough from the paralyzing grasp of depression and anxiety to have thoughts and desires and to take action.  This might seem like such a insignificant thing, folks, but I promise: this. is. huge.  I thought to myself, “you know, a garden this year would be just lovely” and then I started doing the things that need to be done to HAVE said garden.  I feel alive.

Having gardens and a knowledge of how to cultivate plants and grow food is an essential part of being human and remaining connected to our labor, so when and if it is possible, I encourage all folks to give it go.  Even on the smallest scale, I firmly believe that growing our own food is resistance.  We can talk about that more as the politics of *food* are being highlighted now more than any time before, but perhaps in another post.  Or just in conversation.  But anyhow, to keep it shortish, knowledge of sustainable living is important.  People often paint it as a trend but this knowledge represents a larger portion of human history than does our faceless, industrial agri-giant of today.  With this knowledge we can feed our communities – and not just with that nutritionally void, processed shit, either.  This is very much an issue of class.

Back to the containers:  I live in an apartment and I don’t have a yard that I can use for growing.  I am working with limited funds and want to minimize my waste as much as is practical for my situation.  I have decided that my collection of old plastic totes, prior to now used only in harried moves a couple times a year, will serve perfectly as container gardens and a compost bin.

It’s the perfect time to start composting, though I suppose weeks ago would have been even better, so I did a quick google search to make sure I wasn’t doing it all wrong, and BAM! Compost bin.

If you find yourself with little space and dreams of greenery, grab yourself an 18 gallon or larger plastic bin and lid.  Then, literally stab a ton of holes into the sides, bottom and lid.  You can use a drill for this if you have access.  The size of the drill bit doesn’t matter, but if your hole can accommodate a rodent – expect a rodent.  Drills are nice but aren’t necessary as long as your holes allow for some airflow. It’s good idea to keep this thing outside, as all your old food and paper will literally be decaying in here.  Also, if possible, procure an extra lid or something similar to place beneath your new compost bin to catch all that nutrient-rich garbage juice.  Shake it up once in a while to help everything along with the process and to prevent spontaneous combustion.

 

In a few weeks I will be starting some seeds inside, but when the frosts are behind us they will be transferred to container gardens made from the very same totes as our compost bins.

Self-watering container gardens

 

I think these are just swell.  Well, that’s all the knowledge sharing I have in me today.  Just remember that all of these skills, lost to so many of us folks these days, are the true wealth of our human legacy.  If that doesn’t do it for you, just remember that if the zombie apocalypse strikes, you’ll be a lot more useful to your apocalypse-posse if you have some survival skills.

 

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