Compost Made Simple Part 1

I now see how people get obsessed making dirt. I would describe the experience as a cross between being an alchemist, an acclaimed LA salad chef, and Mother Nature’s favorite Facebook friend.
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Before & After (Gold, a perfect salad, or the best FB message exchange with Ma Nature – you choose).

My DIY compost bin - I was hammering nails in until a friend saved me with an electric drill

The details : 
 Things you see hanging around park dirt patches, etc. are what you want to keep out of your compost – e.g sticks and twigs, stuff that has or will mold, not to mention the obvious cigarettes and plastic. Also keep out greasy and smelly things that would attract mice, etc. (e.g. meat, oil, eggs). The experts all say you have to balance your browns and your greens (browns = Carbon and greens = Nitrogen;  nutrients microorganisms down in the composting trenches need a balanced diet of). I find it easier to think of balancing Dead and Alive. Dead  = brown leaves, paper [bags, towels, ...], sawdust, etc. Live = everything with vibrant colors and tastes. My main challenges were 1) I live in an apartment building with VERY little space and no garden complete with corner to dedicate to a compost palace (not to mention working hard to not piss off neighbors) and also that the main component of my bin was a real “other” category - paper mats soaked in baby pee. It’s hard finding resources given the glamorous topic of human waste, but the gDiaper website helped ease my mind and the folks at  Garden for the Environment gave me great pointers, I just had to figure out how to make it work for me…and my pail.