Well, I bought a composter! It was a pain in the neck to put together too — the little wrench that came with it was a joke. I’ve already filled it with a bit of potting soil, and kitchen scraps from yesterday. I’m learning a lot about how composting works, like the need for the right mix of brown material (dried leaves and similar) to green material (kitchen scraps, grass clippings, etc.).
Incidentally, I happened upon this interesting list of things you can compost. I definitely will not be incorporating everything on this list (some of the bathroom items are just ewww), but it is pretty neat what all can be composted!
One of the first beneficiaries of the compost, the first batch of which should be ready in about a month, will be my fledgling container garden. I bought and potted basil, parsley and thyme yesterday. I hope to expand this in the weeks to come.
And for those who may be wondering, yes, both the composter and the herbs will receive quite a bit of sun throughout the day, despite the shade they were in when these photos were taken.