…but on the other hand, there’s a lot less to it than catalogs would have you believe. For one thing, you don’t need a fancy covered receptacle on your kitchen counter for scraps. How often do you go outside? Just keep a leaky 5-gallon bucket by your kitchen steps. Throw in a little dirt every couple days.

And, as you can see, you don’t need sifters, tumblers, or anything else specially made. 4 small pallets divide the sections, sheet plastic keeps the working pile damp in dry weather, and some hardware cloth and 2×2’s make a handy screen.

My Main Compost Facility is down a bank from the barnyard, where it gets a bit too much sun. So I throw buckets of stale water from the goat stalls on the working pile every now and then, and cover it. Or, uncover it before rain, and leave the cover off to let the sun heat it.

When the Sifting pile is all sifted, the working pile will be pitched into its place, but left to work till needed. The Accum pile goes into the working space. A layer of waste hay (just to add some bulk) goes on the bottom of the Accum space, and then a new accumulating process begins.