This weekend we finally made the move and bought our own compost bin for the garden this year. I was at Costco on Saturday and saw the Lifetime Compost tumbler on sale (much cheaper than what Amazon is pricing it at). So, I thought it would be the perfect time to get it started because we're increasing our garden size next weekend and hopefully if the weather forecast shows some sun we'll start planting.
Since this is my first adventure into composting I did a little, ok a lot, of research and found out the basic concept is to keep the optimum carbon:nitrogen (C:N) ratio to 3:1. Brown materials-3, green materials-1.I started to make my own list of what can and can't be put into a compost bin and then I came across this quick guide from the EPA.
I'm also hearing a lot about the benefits of vermiculture if you aren't able to put up a compost bin. Red wiggler worms are used to help produce compost using only your food scraps, so it is easier to do in a more urban enviornment or where you lack enough space to put up a compost bin. I've been reading that Shelley Grossman is a great resource on how to set up and maintain your own system. Some sights state that you can actually get rid of your dog poop in a vermiculture bin but I'll have to do more research on that topic!