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It’s that time of year where the emails start coming in to ask how to keep composting through the winter. While it takes some up-front effort, it is possible.
If you’ve already lost all the heat in the pile, keep adding to it until it can’t get any bigger. Once the temperatures rise just enough for the process to get going again, it will.
That’s the bright side of those days we have each year in the winter where it’s 60 degrees for no apparent reason.
Collect as many bags of leaves as you can, since this will be your insulation and cover material throughout the winter. I slacked off this year, but still managed to shred a few bags’ worth.
Now’s the time where covering your pile with a hefty layer of straw makes a HUGE difference in keeping the heat in.
When you go outside to the pile each week to empty your food scraps, be as quick as you can… you can watch the steam coming off the pile and the temperature will drop quickly. Once the temperature drops off, it’s hard to bring it back.
So there you have it- bundle up the bin, or work with worms inside the house.
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Wow, I started this thing over a year ago and I still haven’t filled it up.
While I usually add to my big cubic yard sized bin, the can’s been getting attention too.
How is this working? Honestly, I was surprised this system would work this well due to its limited size.
Then I remembered that it’s basically the same capacity as a compost tumbler, without the tumbling function…which isn’t needed.
My major finding is that simply leaving the lid off and getting it soaked every few days is enough to keep this thing going smoothly.
Dry piles are slow piles, and compost craves moisture- I found that the warmer months dried out my can quicker with the lid on…try it out- pests aren’t an issue with this system.
If you’re a semi-regular reader of the site or viewer of my videos, you’ll know what I’m going to say next-
Cover your food scraps! Each time you add food scraps, cover them up with a layer of browns. That’s it- the earth’s oldest process is hassle-free.
I walked around in this alley and had a look inside all of the trash cans.
The majority were for recyclables, but the ones that were trash, were mostly organic materials… this is going to be the case if you don’t compost.
Notice how much of a mess this alley is? It smelled pretty rank, too.
Not that I care it smells, but the smells could be completely avoided by adding a trash can of another kind used for compost.
This alley is one block from a public park full of leaves and dead plants (cover materials). Get creative and divert your organics…I promise you it isn’t hard, and the rewards are beyond satisfying.
Did you watch any TV today? Yesterday? This week?
If so, were there any commercials?
In the time it took for the three commercials to whizz by, you could have emptied your kitchen food scrap collector into your backyard trash can composter and cut your landfilling in half.
No, really- drill holes in a trash can, fill it halfway with ripped up leaves and dead plants, then add your food scraps. Finish it off by covering them with another layer of leaves. Add some water, then go inside.
Hit the pause button again and continue watching Game of Thrones. I guess most people don’t actually watch TV anymore right? Now it’s all internet and you can pause everything and skip commercials and stuff… well, you get the point!
Five minutes a week and you’re doing something in your backyard that’s as important, if not more important, than recycling.
Take the future into your own hands and tell your friends you’re cutting down your emissions, creating soil, and cutting your landfill contributions in half. The Earth’s oldest process sure is a lot of fun.