Oh, and I should probably mention that when we were seriously composting food and garden scraps and cuttings, our compost heap was something we turned with a full-sized Ford 3930 tractor bucket. Not a little bin and a hand shovel type operation.
Now we've "retired" and I'm too lazy to shovel all that stuff. I grind everything outdoors that I can with our hand lawnmower, which drives Rob crazy because he feels, probably correctly, that I'm dulling the blades. Grass cuttings go into the chicken run to amuse the girls and, while they are at it, they pick out all the grass and weed seeds and turn the bits over and over until they decompose. I use the chickens to do the composting of our food scraps. Here's the deal:
|Fresh veggie scraps are the very best thing.|
Torn into large pieces, they fit into the processor
and chop up in an instant. The eggshells keep
our hens supplied with calcium.
I rarely use meat because the doglets get the good scraps. All veggies go in, unless they are icky (remembering that you never feed your animals anything you think has gone "bad) and all eggshells are added.
(B)Then I pulse the processor to chop it all up. Whatever amount - this isn't rocket science!
|Everything is chopped to bite-sized pieces.|
Looks like cole slaw for chickens, doesn't it?
|Everyone runs to see today's offering!|
Eventually, what's left gets kicked into the run where the chooks gradually root through it, turning it into the straw and chips and soil to make a lovely composted mix that I shovel out periodically and finish off outside the run.
The final mixture goes into the raised beds where we will raise the veggies that will become our food and the next batch of tasty scraps for the chickens!
Full circle once again.