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Guest post: Composting made so easy that even a blogger can do it!

June 5, 2012


Welcome to a very special Tree Hugger Tuesday, my dear readers! This week, my dear friend and fellow blogger, Bob from Exploring Winnipeg and Beyond is guest posting! If you haven’t checked him out yet, I highly recommend you do so! He has a great blog that really does explore Winnipeg (and beyond!), from local delish meals to interesting art to concerts! As for the beyond part, he also does interesting and informative posts related to Canada, but of things you’d never think about. For instance was Houdini and international spy? What’s the Hitler connection to 007?

Personally, I’m looking forward to his upcoming review of The Wall!


Anyway. A few weeks ago, Bob wrote to let me know he’d finally jumped on the composting bandwagon – I couldn’t have been more stoked! THEN he agreed to guest post about it for me, to let my readers know that I’m not crazy it really is that easy!


So. Without further ado, let me introduce Bob and let him tell you his composting experience…


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Dar and I are also committed to doing our part to reduce our waste stream that is destined for Brady landfill here in Winnipeg. We are active recyclers and donators to the Leaf It With Us program, where the city takes yard wastes and either composts them on an industrial scale or as in the case of tree waste chips the wood down and makes decorative landscaping products.


So when we found out that the City of Winnipeg was having a massive sale on composters we simply had to get in on it. The unit we purchased normally retails for $100 but through the city sale we were able to get it for only $30 taxes included. What a deal!


Our new Earth Machine composter


Having a large back yard is one of the many perks and headaches about living in a mid-sized Canadian city. It’s great to have a place to relax and garden in the summer but with a large yard also comes potential waste. Grass clippings and leaves that would normally be bagged and disposed of can now be turned into beautiful healthy soil for our garden and Dar’s potted plants.


It’s a win-win situation, taking something that would previously be thought of as garbage and saving money on fresh black earth and fertilizer is all upside from our point of view. As Nikki points out in Make your own dirt! Glorious dirt!, composting is not hard at all. Basically all the composter does is concentrate heat from the biomass (grass, leaves, banana peels, coffee grounds, any vegetable matter really) and along with the natural forces of decay speeds up the decomposition process that occur naturally producing nutrient rich soil.


The only inputs the process needs from us are aeration (mixing), moisture to keep the pile active and addition of new material in a layered way. If you take a good base of browns (dried leaves, grass, even twigs) and then alternate your greens (non-meat kitchen scraps and damp organics) to keep the odor and critters away nature does the rest!


Starting out with a good layer of “Browns”


It took me about 10 minutes to set up our composter on patch of bare grass, so that beneficial helpers can get to it (earthworms and such) I threw in a couple of garbage bags of dried leaves that we had saved for the occasion added some old pots of soil that over wintered and added the days organic kitchen scraps.

Badda bing, badda boom, done!


If I can compost, you can compost.


So, if a blogger such as myself can start composting any of you fine folks can too. It’s cheap, it’s good for the environment and your pocket-book so why not compost? Let’s get to it!

Hooray! Love to see other people composting! Check out his original post here, and make sure to check him out on the regular!


Happy composting!


9 Comments leave one →
  1. June 5, 2012 10:13 am

    Very cool! Considering I eat a strict vegetarian diet (with minimal eggs and dairy,) I’ve been considering composting for awhile but just haven’t taken the leap as of yet. If I do, I will most certainly refer back to this post!

    • June 5, 2012 10:39 am

      Definitely give it some thought! There may be upfront costs on the composter itself, but after that – totally free! That is, aside from the AWESOME benefit of not having as much trash, of course! Moreover, I am able to use my compost on my flowers every spring, so I buy half the amount of potting soil, and I throw away much less – having to buy far fewer bags from my town. Win-win!

      If you live somewhere that’s not very dry, you should be all set!

  2. June 5, 2012 3:19 pm

    Thanks so much for letting me do a guest spot Nikki. I can happily report that our composter is happily munching away at all of the yummy yard and kitchen scraps that we have been feeding it. In fact on chilly night last week I went to feed it and there was steam coming off of the biomass. A sure sign that organic decomposition is hard at work!

    • June 6, 2012 10:24 am

      Thanks for contributing! And getting a composter!

      Glad to hear its working wonderfully – and yes! It’s crazy how much heat it can generate all by itself – decomposition works!😀

  3. June 5, 2012 3:37 pm

    It is a friendly innocent looking black compost by day and steaming compost eating dirt spewing machine by night. And yes, I have had too many coffees!

    Nice one Bob!

    • June 6, 2012 10:27 am

      Ha ha ha ha!!

  4. Random Zoe permalink
    June 16, 2012 5:44 pm

    I tried composting back in Texas and it turned into an enormous fire-ant bed. I don’t have the courage to try it again, though I really want to! I take Nikki’s “two-bags-of-garbage-per-year” as a challenge but we need to get down to only two per month at the moment!

    • June 19, 2012 3:43 pm

      Ooooooo! Red ants??? That sounds terrible! You might want to check the interwebs for some advice that’s more specific to your location. If it happened to you, it happened to someone else – they may have written about it!

      Two bags per month is still a BIG step in the right direction! I am still a fan of the “every little bit helps” mentality – if we all joined in (and sat around singing kum-by-yah! I kid!). Absolutely take it as a challenge. Another thought would be to check in your local area for groups that could be helpful on the internet. There really is a grass-roots less-waste movement happening that can really help, one aspect of which is composting services that come to your house to take your compost for a fee. Maybe there’s a good one near you!

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