Resetting after Failure: Building your Composter

Time lapse of the composter completion – SUCCESS!!!!!!!!!!

If you read my previous post, you would have learned I tried composting right next to my house in an open compost pile, rats came, & I had no where else to plot my compost pile. Once the rats showed up, I gave in and bought a compost bin. Truthfully, I was looking into one well before I started composting because I thought that was the only way. When I became more involved, I researched this composter like a car. What reviews did it get, how many stars, how long did it take to put together, did it leak, did it fall apart, etc, etc, etc. I also joined facebook & instagram groups to see what they used – some people way overshared & some people were very “hoidie-toidie” about it all – if you can sound that out – hahaha!

Since we have two dogs & I placed the composter in the backyard, I knew they would be sniffing the around, so I wanted one that was well contained. Composter’s on the cheaper side looked amazing, but people gave horrible reviews saying compost started falling out the sides, there was no way to stir the compost, or the actual bin started to bust from the seems.

I was dead set on buying a composter for $260 and told my husband he would need to help me put it together; it said it would take 2-3 hrs. It looked like an apocalyptic, indestructible pod you would insert yourself into to survive. I had it saved in my Amazon basket & was ready to go when I thought, hold on. Somehow I stumbled upon the one I purchased, a Yimby compost tumbler, for half the price of the apocalypse bin, & since it was one solid piece, I figured nothing could bust out the sides (I was very nervous for that to happen.)

It has been a month & a half since I built this composter & everything is going very well. However, it is winter here in Nashville, so I am very interested to see how summer goes. It gets very humid here & the last thing I want is moldy food smell while I enjoy the sun. However, I am hoping I have learned a thing or two and can keep the smell from happening. Only time will tell.

Was this everything I ever wanted?! NO! I wanted my ground compost to work out so I could see it working, mix my pile by hand (wish I had done that months ago), & watch it turn to soil. BUT, do I have a huge sense of pride when I throw my scraps into this bin-YES! Do I smile every time I tumble my composter and I hear the contents swirl around together – YES!! Am I excited to see it actually work and become soil-YES!!!

What do you do in your journey to make yourself feel prideful? Be proud of any step you take & don’t beat yourself up when you slip. We’re all in this together, so let’s keep cheering each other on!

Bonus video of my kitty, Frank, going for a mini ride in the composter –

DISCLAIMER: No cats were injured during this video.

Composting – Another Fabulous Way to be Waste Free & How I Failed at it…

Real video of girl believing she knows how to compost.

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
  • Poles
  • Zipties
  • 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!

This rat just looked so sad I had to post…BUT…they’re still not allowed!!!