Where do you get "browns" for your compost? 👩💻
I know it's bizzarre, but I often have a hard time finding "browns" for my compost pile.... You know how bad a compost pile can smell when it gets too much greens?
I got one of these Aerobin 400 insulated composters about a year and a half ago? I really, really like it. But my bad, I really should have known better.
First off, my friend Andrew Cook got it for me - Andrew imports very high quality gardening equipment into the US. And apparently the Europeans are way ahead of Americans on quality. I agreed with Andrew that the American love of tumblers was really a shame, as they just weren't that easy to use or practical. Andrew showed me this Aerobin and told me that is was way more effective with no moving parts. The center column is designed to make airflow happen without the need for compost turning.
Oh yeah... I wanted one.
So I set it up at the farm house in Colorado. And I've got tons of family, friends, visitors, etc. all coming through and tons and tons of "greens" but not a lot of browns. Kind of desparate for some browns to mix in there. I had some wood chips and even though I should know better (no, they don't really break down easily) I used them.
Combine that and the fact this climate is so so dry (which I underestimated) this just didn't work out that well. Definitely have to move the composter closer to the garden hose...
So where do you get "browns"?
The magical column that means you don't have to 'turn' the copost.