Ever since we bought a house we have talked about composting to help our garden become more "green" (in more ways than one). Some stores sell composters, but most are well over $100.
That's been more green than we've wanted to spend to become "green," especially when the composting is somewhat experimental for us.
If you aren't familiar with composting click here for a Wikipedia article explaining it in a little more detail.
A few weeks ago I learned that composting can be done in a makeshift compost bin made from a garbage bin. I took my trusty drill and drilled a bunch of holes in my $10 garbage bin (it was made from 100% recycled plastic) and added the necessary ingredients.
For those of you who aren't familiar with composting (and didn't look at the Wikipedia link
above), composting requires 4 important elements:
1. Browns (carbon-rich materials) such as wood, cardboard, newspapers, leaves, lint or even hair.
2. Greens(nitrogen-rich materials), including grass clippings, carrot peels and other kitchen waste.
3. Water--just enough to make the browns and greens as damp as a wrung-out sponge.
4. Oxygen--this is the reason I drilled a bunch of holes in the garbage bin.
Now we turn the contents weekly and wait for the end result: compost. And just in case you're still wondering, compost basically a super-organic fertilizer. Or something like that.