I spent last Sunday cleaning up the yard and the first thing I did was to riddle my compost.
No, I did not stand in front of the bin and challenge my compost to a series of brain teasers.
A riddle is a garden sieve. I think it’s a British term? Feel free to use it next time you’re talking gardening with William and Kate (ahem. Catherine)! It can be used to sift foreign or unwanted objects like barbie shoes and army men that were buried in your garden by children of past owners (maybe that’s a topic for another post? Weird things you’ve found in the dirt?) OR it can be used to sift through your compost bin to quickly separate the compost from the not-yet-composted (apparently we eat a LOT of avocados, as evidenced by the numerous pits).
I made mine out of an old tray. I removed the bottom, then stapled chicken wire to it. The tray I used had handles on the side, making it perfect for shaking from side to side to sift out all the sticks and other bits. You could also easily make one from an old wooden frame. Or I guess you could just buy one here (lazy!) (kidding!).
Riddling is totally not necessary but I often find myself with a compost bin that’s 80% composted, and it’s a nice way to get the good stuff out and make room for additional compost fodder.