Ever wonder what to do with those leftover treats and jack o lanterns one might accumulate at Halloween. Here is an idea about how to turn these items into compost along with the leaves in the yard and other goodies lying around.
Tools needed: Metal trash can and lid, drill or screw driver and a hammer.
Here is how to make a composter and get rid of all the Halloween extras at the same time.
Step 1: Purchase a metal trash can or simply alter one that is already available. This trash can can be small or large depending on how much compost one is seeking to make. A thirteen gallon can could dispose of a jackolantern and a large amount of candy at the same time.
Step 2: Take a drill and about a quarter inch drill bit and drill holes in the metal can. This can be done by going around the top of the can and again around the bottom. Make the holes about two inches apart this will provide ventilation for the composting.
If one does not have a drill use the next best thing this will be a screw driver and a hammer. Make the holes the same distance apart and at the top and bottom. Take the screw driver and place it on the trash can where one would like a hole and tap it with the hammer. Do this until all the holes are completed.
Step 3: When the can is ready take the scraps that will be used for composting and lay them out cut the Jackolantern into pieces or simply drop it on the ground shoveling the remains into the composting bin. Add the candy if it is wrapped in Aluminum or plastic remove it from the wrapper before composting it. Paper products along with candy will compost quite well. Candy bars can be broken up before adding them to compost can.
Other things can be added as needed to finish filling the can like coffee grounds, leaves, other fruit and vegetable waste as well.
Step 4: Find a good location for the composter away from the house.
Step 5: Turn the can on occasion to keep the compost mixed well. This can be done by rolling on its side while holding the lid in place.The lid can also be screw on for extra support using sheet metal screws for easy removal.
Step 6: Wait until spring and this compost will be ready to use for all kinds of gardening projects.
Composting is a good green way to go. This gives the soil vital nutrients that are needed for gardens of all types.