winter composting

We go through a lot of fruits and veggies in this house. But just because it’ll be 7 degrees tonite doesn’t mean I’m going to toss my scraps in the trash. I make compost all winter, in fact, using these three cans I picked up at Ikea last year…

my composting cans




















My food scraps don’t stay in the cans — they just get a good start at breaking down into compost indoors where it’s warm before they get added to the pile outside in the freezing cold. I got the idea from Fine Gardening last winter. Check it out if you compost. This method worked well for me last winter so I’m doing it again.

The basic idea is to create a compost lasagna: chopped up leaves on the bottom, a layer of scraps, a layer of sawdust and soil (I usually use leaves and soil), a layer of scraps, and so on. As one can fills up you move to the next. The third can is for storing your sawdust-soil mixture (or in my case, chopped leaves) so it’s handy. By the time spring rolls around, you’ll have a healthy pile of compost to work into your soil.

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4 Responses to “winter composting”

  1. jc says:

    Some people have bird feeders, or through peanuts to the squirrels… We have compost! So the birds go after a heels of stale bread of the squirrels enjoy carrot shavings? Nature. Besides, they all end up pooping it out, and that is like instant compost!
    And nothing breaks down many vegetables like a deep freeze: When the thaw comes they are nothing but juice.

  2. Brook says:

    tru dat, my friend. i just find they break down a little quicker before they freeze when i use the cans. and there’s this: i’m too lazy to go outside every time i have food scraps i want to get rid of. the cans allow me to put it off a while. :)

  3. jc says:

    Yeah, that said, I’m sure that you are make some sweet garden go-go juice in your cans… And me, the cans would be one more thing on the floor to collect cat hair and crud!

  4. Brook says:

    i’ll be honest… i’m glad when the cans move out of the way in the spring!

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