Over the weekend the weather was beautiful as forecasted, and I finally used some of the compost that I have been cooking for some time now.
Composting is apparently a science, there is a great deal written about it, but I am afraid I am not very scientific. It still seems to turn out somewhat OK though. (I am sure there are lots of compost experts who would shudder to read that).
We dump all of our compostable food scraps into a container we keep on our kitchen counter.
I put it all in the compost box that R built me earlier in the year with our other garden waste. Before this I had a compost heap. Although there are small holes in the sides to let air in, they aren't really big enough, and I don't think enough air really gets into the middle of the box. Some of the boxes you can buy spin the compost to aerate it, and I have also read that you can put hollow sunflower stalks into the middle to get air in. I water it every week or so because it shouldn't dry out. It shouldn't be too wet either.
The box has a flap on the bottom so I can get the compost out which is easier said than done because it is pretty compacted in there.
Voila! Compost should be very dark brown, moist, light, and crumbly.
I needed to move the box over to the side of my garden to make space for more beds. In doing so I had to empty the box out completely which was a bit of a pain but gave the contents a good airing out.