I was looking through some old photos today and spotted this picture of my very first compost bin. No, this isn't going to be one of those posts where I tell tales of life before the automobile and running water, I'm not that old yet. Actually it was only six years ago that I built this compost bin after watching Paul James build one on an episode of Gardening By The Yard.
That old bin was a massive wooden structure that I built with 4x4s and deck planks. It was actually two bins that were four feet square each and probably weighed a few hundred pounds. I only built one door because I ran out of lumber that day. The other door went on the To Do list of things that I never get around to.
Anyway, the bin was butt ugly but it got me hooked on composting. I discovered how fun it is to recycle leaves, kitchen scraps and eventually tons of other stuff that I've composted.
I get a lot of people coming to this blog looking for pictures and plans of compost bins. Here's my advice to them. It really doesn't matter what it looks like (or if it's missing a door). As long as you put your stuff in a pile, it'll turn into compost eventually.