The other day I found a garter snake in the compost bin. I was getting out some compost and then lo and behold was a snake almost crawling through my hands! Yikes! This was a wire compost bin that is mostly open so there are lots of opportunities for snakes to get in. There is a great food supply in the compost bin and it is warm which the garter snake in the compost bin would greatly appreciate! Here is a picture of my compost bin but no snake. He got away too fast! You can learn more about using an easy compost wire bin like this from a previous post.
I make my compost pile in the wire mesh bin with leaves and weeds from the garden. I put my kitchen scraps in a Compostumbler so the rodents can’t get at them. I put in a layer of leaves and then a layer of freshly pulled weeds. I add a sprinkling of dirt or already made compost to introduce lots of microscopic composting critters to start the work. Then I just layer like that until it is full. Next gardening season it will be ready. I collect leaves every fall in trash bags that people leave on the street to be picked up.
Contemplating the Garter Snake in the Compost Bin…
As I contemplate the garter snake in the compost bin I think about the leaves stored in the trash bags. It seems like a perfect snake home. Read my next blog post for more info on garter snakes in leaf bags!
If you would like to read more about snakes and compost here are links to several forums on the subject: