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The Weekly Dump

Here’s my compost toilet bucket, part 1 of the weekly ritual.  After dumping it into my bin, I then dump in my weekly kitchen scraps.  Since it’s below freezing, I have to bring out a bucket of water from inside to rinse out the two containers.

After dumping the rinse water into the pile, I cover up the contents with the layer of leaves and finally the tarp.  Maybe I should make a video of the whole process?

After filling up my sawdust bucket and an inch of the compost toilet bucket, I’m ready to get back inside.  For less than ten minutes a week, this process couldn’t get any easier.

Still Cookin’!

Pardon the ugly picture, but I couldn’t resist.  It’s night time, but I couldn’t wait until morning.

On late Sunday afternoon, I went outside my house and found several bags of leaves at the curbside.  I got really excited and stashed four massive bags in my backyard, in addition to the two that I shredded up and added to my compost pile.

I was getting concerned about the compost pile, as it was starting to fall out of the Steady range around 80 degrees.  Then I realized that it had been awhile since I added anything to it, so I contributed a hefty top layer of shredded leaves for insulation.  I need to go looking for straw, too.

In a little over 24 hours, just two bags’ worth of shredded leaves, a bucket from the compost toilet and a week’s worth of kitchen scraps revived the pile back up to just shy of 140 degrees!

I was a bit surprised, I didn’t think it would be that drastic of a change…but with a light rain over night and a warm day yesterday it was the perfect mix to rejuvenate the pile.

So remember, collect all the leaves you can, shred them and add them.  See if you can keep your compost cooking all winter long!

Even if you don’t make it all winter, you can be sure that when the temperatures start to climb again, it will start cooking again like nothing happened.

Get Your Leaves!

Now’s the time of year to start collecting all the leaves you can.  With winter right around the corner, having a steady supply of leaves to complement your food scraps is super important to keeping the pile cooking as long as it can.

While cold temperatures can bring composting to a complete stop, don’t worry- as soon as the temperatures begin to climb again, the pile picks up right where it left off as if nothing happened.

I keep adding materials through the winter, but the key is to have enough brown material to keep the food scraps covered.  Between sawdust (non-pressure treated wood) and shredded leaves, you’re good to go!