For too long we've been told to use ugly black plastic bins to hold our compost - I say it's time to get a little more creative, and, dare I say it - design our compost to look amazing from the outset.
Thanks to Sophie Wolff-Wigley for the three illustrations in this blog post.
Your garden doesn't mind what your compost bin looks like, but maybe you do?
Your garden probably doesn't mind the black plastic, and I know the worms are quite content to wriggle away in these ugly contraptions, turning your food waste into beautiful soil.
But would you want something like the above compost bin in a front garden, or in a workplace edible garden?
An easy upgrade - use wood
Something almost anyone can get is shipping pallets, and just by avoiding the plastic, you will have upgraded your compost.
Even better is that you won't have this forever, and it'll never end up in landfill, as it slowly rots and eventually becomes soil leaving nothing but a few nails.
The ideal is perhaps no enclosure?
Free standing hot compost piles don't create any waste at all, and this is often the ideal for biodynamic gardeners.
Best of all is that it's free, and there's no barrier except for the time to gather your materials.
How would you like your compost to look?
If there were a design competition, what would your ultimate compost enclosure look like?
What would it be made from?
What shape would it be?
Things to keep in mind: you would want at least a cubic metre in volume - 1 metre high, 1 metre long, 1 metre deep. Bigger is better.
Learn the Blue Borage method for hot composting inside the online course Hot Compost. Let's turn ALL our garden waste into soil and create truly circular gardens.
If you have an idea you'd like to put forward as a creative composting concept, please email your image to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll add it into this blog post to inspire others.