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Rotting rotten!

April 10, 2012

To compost (verb.): to convert rotting plant and vegetable waste to organic matter that can be reused to condition the land

Do you compost?

The picture attached here is kinda nasty looking, since it looks like vomit – be assured however, it’s not! In fact it is ruhbarb fibres that remained after we juiced a whole pile of ruhbarb.

The composter however is state-of-the-art and pricey – like many hundreds of euros! If they’re that expensive they have to be good. See some of the varieties of composters made and sold by Biolan.

So how do we do it at home? We gather all of our compost in a bucket lined with a biodegradable plastic bag and drop it into a bin that is shared by the four households where we live. I am not too keen on the compost bags, so I am hoping to switch over to paper bag liners or I’ll start using newspapers. The Mr. needs some convincing, however…

There was a news report a few years ago that indicated that so-called biodegradable plastics were in fact rather ineffective and workers at composting plants have been forced to remove the undegraded pieces by hand.

Since we moved to our own house and hence have a big yard with a corner garden, I hope that I’ll have enough time to effectively manage our garden and greenhouse with some of our own compost. I’ll admit, I am a bit of a greenhorn…

What kind of composting activities do you do? I’d like to hear about it!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kanerva permalink
    April 10, 2012 12:01 pm

    Mine is the apartment block version – into the bin in the rubbish room that 40 odd apartments share…

  2. Vanessa McCormick-Fortier permalink
    April 12, 2012 1:42 pm

    Here in Levack Ontario Canada we have two worm bins in our basement. Each bin has a different types of red wrigglers. We just started a month ago. I have done composting in the past outside. This is our first inside bins. As long as you keep potatoe skins out they don’t smell. Soon we’ll be moving some of the worms outdoors.

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