Even More Food Scraps! Oh the Horror!

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Even more food scraps!

OK, I promise- last one (for now).

This photo reminds me of one of those Old Tyme Buffet places… it could almost pass as a sloppily organized buffet table shot.

But no, it’s all food that never made it to consumption…

Off to the mountain of dirt, flesh, chlorophyll and cellulose it goes, to be cooked courtesy of the thermophiles down into that critical stuff we need to grow more things to eat.

Food Scraps- Are They Really That Gross?

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Today’s compost toter full of wasted food looks like a nice mix of noodles, tomatoes, chicken fingers and french fries.

Looking at photos like this (or inside compost toters in real life) normally elicits an “ewwwww” or similar.

Is it really, though?

If I put any of this on a plate in nice little portions, you’d probably eat it.

This leads to my main point: Where is the away place where stuff gets thrown?  What’s the difference between materials that are in your hand five seconds prior before they land in a plastic bag in a container labeled “trash” or otherwise?

I look at this and think, “I’m glad this is going to get turned back into fertile soil soon”.

Close the loop, and learn to embrace it.  It’s our only hope.

How To Make A Compost Tumbler (Fast, Cheap and Easy)

I’m glad it has holes drilled… that’s the downfall of most tumblers.

If you’re looking to do this with less labor, just take the barrel and sit it straight up- cover it with 3/16″ holes.  Forget the tumbling aspect, just start it with 12″ of shredded browns, then with each deposit of food scraps, add double the amount in brown materials.

By the time that fills, you’ll have compost on the bottom.

The easiest option is to have a second one to start filling while the first one finishes… doing this, you’ll have a great back-and-forth system to work with.

“Worms At Work” Play Pavilion

http://www.sacurrent.com/sanantonio/storybook-houses-brings-whimsical-favorites-to-the-san-antonio-botanical-garden/Content?oid=2514151

A few months ago, Lauran Drown got in touch and asked for some vermicomposting tips… and then she comes back with this:

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Worms At Work

Wow!  This is insane!  What an excellent way to show how worms work to naturally provide a necessary soil amendment.

These are the things that help inspire and create curiosity… if you’re in the San Antonio area, go check it out!

Learn more about what Lauran is up to at http://www.bucrane.com .

Composting Made Simple.