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More Worm Castings, Less Contaminants

Well that was quick- another big tray of worm castings.  The yellow bin is what I pulled yesterday, and the blue tub is my main container.

Recently I posted all the contaminants I found in my last batch– this time was much better, but I still missed a few fruit labels.

Quite an improvement over the last batch!

 

How to Build the Ultimate Compost Bin (Rodale’s Organic Life)

http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/how-to-build-compost-bin

Check the link above for a semi-technical three-bin design that will result in the most hassle-free composting there is.  If I had the space for a three-bin system, I’d be on it in an instant.

In other words, when you work with large bins, there’s much more room for error as opposed to a worm system or composting with a pair of trash cans.

The only aspect of this design that I deviate from is the process itself- I don’t turn compost at all, so I’d just keep the middle bin full of cover materials, add to the first bin for up to a year using cover materials from the middle bin, then work on the third bin when the first is at capacity.

 

How to Make Compost From Your Poo with a Composting Toilet! – Closing the Loop

It’s always exciting to see a new compost toilet video online… I’m not alone!

It really is simple- just read Humanure Handbook by Joe Jenkins a few times and get to it.  It’s a great read and he knows what he’s doing…he backs the whole book with a ton of cited research.

The only area I differ from their process is that I also add my cat’s waste to the system, too.

Jenkins doesn’t make a strong claim in his book about composting pet waste- I’m willing to take the risk.  I use swheat scoop cat litter and just add it to my compost toilet buckets along with my own deposits.

I let the pile sit for 18 months (instead of 12) and use the finished compost for solely horticultural purposes.

All good.

Compost Contractors Hit By Sudden Termination

Ouch… good luck loading up a landfill instead.

Island residents must feel the pressure to minimize their waste due to more limited living space, right?

In order to exist going forward, we need fertile soil for food production and a drastic cut to our greenhouse gas emissions.  Composting is the solution to both of those.

Mayor Kim needs to create a task force to manage the back-end distribution of compost, period.  It may seem like a burden, but it’s critical to keep the island functioning in the long run.

Reverting to landfilling is going to hurt- I think they’ll realize they screwed up pretty soon.