Hello all, about a month ago, I filled a 5-gallon bucket about 1/3-full with rich, deep brown soil straight from the earth. I have been adding lots of organic matter to this bucket and have incorporated a lot of the plant matter in with the soil fairly well. I keep the bucket pretty far from the spot where I dwell and I don't keep a lid on the bucket, I don't mind the swarms of flies or the smell of the contents of the bin because, well, my guess is that all of that comes with that particular method of composting. I did drill a couple of holes into the bottom of the bucket so that stagnant water won't build up and I haven't had any noticeable problems with drainage, although the mixture stays very moist. I am wondering if anyone can foresee any potential problems. namaste
I can only think this method has positive effects. The "juice" is really good for the soil. I did an experiment last year. I had a sloped area that was pretty bare from the horses. So, I cut the bottoms off of several 5 gallon buckets and buried them half-way. I ran them across the top of slope, and I used them as composters for the winter. What was interesting to me was that the "juice" ran down the hill and created a pretty nice oasis in strips. Powerful stuff!