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Trash Can Tweak

With the warmer months coming on, I noticed a pretty simple adjustment to my trash can composter that might help you get better results.

Have you noticed when you keep the lid on that the contents seem to dry out pretty quickly?  It rained the last few days here, so I kept the lid off so the contents could get extra damp… and the pile got pretty warm!  This is what happens when you keep it damp- compost craves moisture.

The key is to simply ensure your mix is right- double your browns with each addition of food scraps, and make sure you have a nice layer of browns on top.

I saw a raccoon walking around my tiny back yard last night and left him be… the next day, I saw there was nothing torn up- and I have two massive compost bins and the trash can composter, all open to anything that might find it.

Again, the key is the cover material on top… and keep your stuff moist!  Note to self: rinse out food containers better- the raccoon made a mess of my recycling bin.

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.

Shred Your Leaves!

Wow, I got really lazy over the last few months in terms of shredding leaves.

Yesterday, I saw there were some bugs flying around the top of the pile and realized it was because the last time I added fresh food to the pile, I forgot to add fresh leaves.

The leaves I re-covered the pile with were un-shredded, and so it was only a matter of time until I needed to fix it.

Not everyone has a shredder, but maybe your neighbor does?  It’s really important and makes all the difference.

By doing so, you’ll get greater coverage for your food scraps, the material size is smaller, meaning it’ll get to work quicker and lastly you’ll see much higher composting temperatures.

Further, you’ll be able to store more in your backyard throughout the year when they’re shredded.

Oh yeah- and it’ll eliminate any odors, too.

Shredding your leaves for composting…get to it and reap the benefits.  It makes everything easier.

Is Your Compost Pile Working How You Want It To?

Are you sick and tired of looking at a stagnant, slimy compost pile, baffled as to why it isn’t breaking down after six months…or even longer?

Do you want to start composting right away, but you have a lot of questions and you’re not sure where to start?

This used to be me, and over the years I’ve gained a ton of experience through composting indoors and outdoors, using bins, tumblers, buckets and worms, balconies, backyards and the basement.

When I first started, I really had no clue what I was doing- I just knew it was the right thing to do as someone who was obsessed with waste issues and studied environmental health.

It wasn’t until I got my first compost bin that my problems were solved and I knew I had the right tool for the job.  Even better, they’re  extremely affordable and able to turn food scraps into black gold with ease.

There were so many tricks I wish I knew when I first started composting, so I decided to create a quick and easy how-to guide to show you how simple it really is.

We all wish we had more time to do what we wanted, so I focused on making the process as quick and painless as possible in order to get you composting like a pro in ten minutes a week…seriously!

In my new e-book, you will discover:

-The 5 make-or-break factors to having an efficient compost pile
-How to cut your trash in half in less than ten minutes a week
-The truth about composting meat, dairy and citrus
-How to eliminate pests and odors with one simple trick
-Identify how and when your compost is finished
-How to get started using just 3 square feet of space
-How to create a powerful soil enhancer for your garden

For less than half the cost of a pitchfork, become a composting expert and reap the rewards!

If for any reason you’re unsatisfied with my book, I will gladly refund your money- no questions asked.

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Killer Compost Bin Sighting!

compost bin sightingCheck out this killer compost bin!

I saw this in Berlin and had to take a photo.  It has an easy to open top, and a little door at the bottom to remove finished compost.

It reminds me of one of these killer compost bins…

It ticks all the boxes- plenty of capacity to handle all of your food waste and create hot compost… air vents that allow the pile to break down efficiently… it looks sturdy too!

Here’s one I found that strongly resembles it on Amazon and has some rave reviews: Redmon Compost Bin

What do you think?  Bins like this definitely make composting take the least amount of effort while creating quality compost.

Composting Indoors In Teracotta Pots

Here’s an incredibly simple and effective system for composting indoors- I’ve seen the stacking pots system done once or twice in the past, but clearly not yielding good results.

In this case, however, all the concerns of my previous video were considered and the results are fabulous.

The pots have the capacity needed, the bottom of the top pot is designed like a vermicomposting fall-through system, and she has a curing pot as well.

Well done!  I hope this gains traction.  While the challenges mentioned in my indoor composting video are present, with a little practice and guidance, anyone can make this happen.

Is Indoor Composting a Good Idea?

After creating my video, I was shown a video of an indoor teracotta pot composting system in India that truly works…she’s a pro!

Check it out here:

While my video was referring specifically to a full sized compost bin or compost tumbler being set up indoors, which would be a mess… she’s circumvented that with the stacking kambha system.  I’m very tempted to re-create this system.

Give composting your best shot through the winter season- have some fun and get creative!

Thanks for watching!