Sunday, October 12, 2008

Updated: Carnival of the green and brown

I notice Anthony at The Compost Bin wrote a post today about the state of his eponymous bin. I'd totally accuse him of stealing my idea, if he wasn't already the Internet's leading compost enthusiast.

However, it does remind me of an idea I've been kicking around -- I think it would be really interesting to see how other folks out there in the garden blogosphere handle their composting.

So if you're reading this, how about taking some pics and writing a few words about the current state of your bin? Come on, you know your real-life friends don't want to hear about it.

If you comment here, I'll add links to the post, or you can link to others in your post ... or something, I'm not sure how that should work.


And so it begins ...

Linda puts some big culvert pipes to good use in Australia

Anthony the compost man explains just how little effort composting requires.

Dean and his junior composter army dig a shallow grave.

What horrors lurk in the East-Side-Patch bins?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about the worst for first?

Last year I composted in a drilled-pocked garbage bin with big hole in the bottom. We filled the bottom over the winter, then composted over the spring. In the end of summer the upper 2/3's were fine, but o boy that lower was rotten. I had to bury it a foot down in my garden. :-}

full story

- Dean

October 8, 2008 9:39 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...


That's hilarious, and oddly familiar ...

This is the bin that gets kitchen scraps and whatever sad selection of leaves or shredded paper I happen to have left after spring mulching. It went through some pretty nasty phases this year, but everything came out ok after a little airing out on the tarp.

October 8, 2008 10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anthony said...

Hey, thanks for mentioning my post. I had to look up what eponymous meant before I knew what you were talking about though. Even us compost enthusiasts need a little vocabulary help now and then. :)

I'm really looking forward to seeing other peoples bins. Great idea for a post.

October 9, 2008 5:29 AM  
Blogger Karla at The Garden Guide said...

Hi! Just discovered your blog today and was interested in all the compost talk. I just started trying to compost this year and have discovered that I'm horrible at it (or maybe just forget to turn and water).

October 9, 2008 7:26 AM  
OpenID east-side-patch said...

Here are a couple of posts on my composting escapades:

October 9, 2008 9:19 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Here's mine

October 12, 2008 5:36 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...


Awesome bit of recycling there!

October 12, 2008 1:15 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Hi Everyone,

I ummm, sort of assumed people would know what they were, but you may not have these is the USA. They are corrugated iron water tanks, cut across the middle. Really easy to pick up if you know the guy who looks after the local rubbish tip. Which is sort of a rural thing, not a city thing.

Thanks for the mention!

In cool-temperate Australia, with a drought.

October 13, 2008 12:49 AM  
Blogger Lancashire rose said...

I'm not even going to show my compost bins. Full to the top with dried stuff. We sold our chipper shredder and now I just dump everything in there and in 100 years there will be compost( if it ever rains) as I know it "happens" Too much effort for too little reward. Not proud of this aspect of my gardening.

October 13, 2008 4:07 PM  
Blogger flookers said...

Have just found this site-trying to see the link between billionaires and gardening tips?
The site is really good -I had a compost bin for the garden last year but the flies that came with it drove me crazy...what the world needs is fly-free compost bins.

October 20, 2008 3:13 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Thought you might like this one:

November 1, 2008 3:52 AM  
Anonymous flookers said...

Gardening is so relaxing...or that is what I was told,grin,but it can be kinda stressful too,especially if you have no idea what you are doing...I bought a 'Growbag' from the garden centre (one of those long plastic bag things full of compost and soil and stuff)...I opened it manfully with my sturdy pocket knife and sprinkled it knowingly with my new watering can...I even left it in the sun..weeks passed-nothing grew..haha..too much sun,I thought,so I dragged it into semi-shade..again-nothing,not even a daisy..this is mighty strange I mused.Months later I slipped my horticultural disaster into an idle conversation with some gardening guys at work...'I can't understand it' I told them, 'it even had pictures of nice red tomatoes on the side of the bag...'five minutes later,when the guffaws had abated,I realised the error of my ok,you are supposed to add your own seeds and stuff,but it never said that on the instructions-HEY,I don't think there was any instructions?..sometimes it's hard being a bloke-you are just supposed to know these things,laughing for the growbag-the cats made use of it before I discovered the seedy thing,and there's no way I'm eating tomcatatoes...they're not even my cats,yuk...great site here,hi to all!

November 1, 2008 4:52 AM  

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