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When my husband first started talking about wanting to compost I was very reluctant. All I could think was a big pile of rotting scraps with bugs and mice everywhere. So, I discouraged him for as long as I could, until one day

he came in from outside and said “Come look what I just built.”. I walked outside and this was in the back of our backyard.

Since I had deterred him from buying one of the fancy composting bins that turn and what not, he built this out of scraps we had. It’s a ten by ten square and it’s about four foot deep made of some leftover four by fours and leftover tin from our roof. It serves its purpose and gets the job done.

Once he very throughly explained the benefits of composting, the type of soil we have, see this post and why composting would help us I was completely on board.

We have this container for inside to keep from having to run outside a million times a day.

It holds two and a half gallons and has a charcoal filter for the lid so that it doesn’t get stinky.Amazon link if you want to read more and purchase. Once the inside bin gets full, we just take it out and dump it. David will then get out there every few days (less since its been cold and rainy) turn the pile over and water it. We have the tarp because if the scraps are covered they will break down faster and some of the microorganisms need the moisture to do their job. The kids will sometimes dig through the pile for worms and bugs to feed the chickens. (Yes, they really are country kids.). Not often though because we need those worms and bugs to do their jobs and break down the scraps. We dumped a few bags of organic mushroom compost in there with the scraps just to have something to turn the scraps in to.

We’ve had it about a year and you can see it’s pretty full. It has been fun to watch vegetables, fruits, leaves, coffee grounds, etc. break down and turn into nutrient rich fertilizer. I can’t wait to spread it on our garden this Spring and see what difference it makes with our crops.

So, the moral of the story? You don’t need a fancy composting bin to compost. Just get out there and do it! And, if you’re wondering what all you can compost here is a handy little chart from The Enduring Gardener

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The Great Composter Adventure | Artistic Gardener

The Great Composter Adventure

Hi Friends! Hope your edible garden has lots of growing activity going on here at the beginning of our new year.

How has my edible garden been growing? To be honest, it’s a bit on the sparse side right now. I had every intention of planting a variety of cold weather crops, but because I was so busy during the holiday months, I missed my opportunity to follow through with my late fall and winter planting plan.

What I am growing is doing wonderfully. Currently, I have four different varieties of delish garlic starting to peek up out of the soil. I planted a total of 134 garlic seed. Nice. I planted the first batch of 71 garlic seed on 12/7 (that’s 18 days earlier than last year). The other 63 garlic seed, I planted out on 12/28. A lot of folks here in town plant their garlic in October, but for those of you that are running behind with garden planting (like yours truly), planting garlic out in mid-late December works just fine. I do try to give my newly planted garlic some warmth though by covering it with a lightweight frost blanket during the evenings and especially cold days.

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Studying Sustainable Energy Solutions: Gaelan Brown’s Compost-Powered Heat

Studying Sustainable Energy Solutions: Gaelan Brown’s Compost-Powered Heat

January 21st, 2015 by

There is enough snow on the ground, looking at Gaelan Brown’s compost-powered heat makes an appealing read for those who happen to be housebound.

Add all composting champions wanting to know more about useable energy which can be captured via the basic composting process.

Gaelan Brown has previously been a guest writer on Green Building Elements about compost-powered heat. He wrote me, asking readers to “Imagine being able to heat water, buildings, and greenhouses using energy captured from compost without buying or burning any fuel while creating a byproduct that is worth more per ton than coal.”

He also is author of The Compost-Powered Water Heater.

Of the book, he says it gives a “broad and deep introduction to compost heat recovery at all scales.”

Readers will not only learn about composting basics and energy recovery, they can discover modern engineered approaches for  extracting heat from compost systems using animal manure and food scraps as the main input.

You could think of compost power as hot shit, but there need be no obnoxious odors or manure involved. In fact, compost-heat-recovery systems often have the added benefit or reducing or eliminating odors that might otherwise be part of the compost production process.

In short, rot makes hot.  And at present there are people all over the world who seem to have collectively scratched their heads at the same time and said, “Let’s use that compost heat. Why not?”

In recent years the resurgence of organic farming in Western economies has driven investments in expanded production of high-value compost. Cost increases for conventional fertilizers and shortages of supplies like potash have driven up the demand and prices for organic compost. Certified-organic products cannot use the chemically derived fertilizers of conventional agriculture that have been common during the past half-century.

His hands-on techniques have a lot of appeal, especially when considering how much waste goes unused.

Mr. Brown reports there are plenty of working examples of homes, greenhouses, and farms that have used compost-heat recovery systems alongside existing heating/hot-water systems, reducing or eliminating the need for fuel combustion. “These systems range from simple low-tech designs made mostly of wood chips and sawdust, to large-scale engineered systems at farms and compost-production facilities,” he says.

Concerning his background, Brown has been involved with compost-powered heating systems in dozens of states across the United States as well as Quebec, Ontario, Siberia, Norway, Chile, Argentina, and many other locales

Waste management: an important part of daily life | Reddonatura



There has been a drastic transformation, in terms of the products that have entered the different industry, in the last century, and the resultant consequences that have accompany them. At the start of the 20th century, German and Swiss companies had delivered products, only later to be discovered that they had environmentally hazardous effects. Even today, the high use of plastic for preservation and storage has a big influence on the environment. Therefore, it becomes crucial to ensure that we don’t be ignorant of the fact.

The management of material chain comprises of the steps of production, consumption and disposal including reuse, recycling and recovery (that is if possible). Waste management has to begin right from household disposal to industrial effluents. Even if a banned, product will end up in the waste chain, it needs to be managed properly. Responsibility becomes the key in such situations. Buying products that have less packaging is one of the methods of waste reduction in the first place. This will surely reduce theamount of waste that has to be managed. Recycling and composting plays a big part, when control does not turn out as expected. Recycling includes collecting recyclable materials, separating materials by type, further, processing them into a formthat used to produce new goods. Recycling helps in preventing hazardous materials from being combusted and polluting the air. Composting plays a lead role in organizing organic waste into compost; this plays a key role in organic farming. This adds nutrients to soil, which in turn fuels plant growth and improves vitality.

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