Composting: how did we do?

Category : Compost, Statistics · No Comments · by May 30, 2011

It’s been a month and I can easily say composting (so far) has been a success!  Of course, a couple of months from now when everything has had a chance to turn into compost will be the real test. But as of now, we have certainly reached our goals.  We’ve successfully:

  • Researched, purchased and set up a composter. For us, it turned out a tumbler was our best bet.  The tumbler makes it easy to mix the compost, gets the ingredients to the right, or good enough, temperature and helps to keep visitors out – like our neighborhood raccoons.
  • Got in the habit of composting. This turned out to be easier than I thought it would be.  It’s now practically second nature for Bjorn and me to divert food scraps and lawn clippings to the composter.  Using the gDiaper compostable inserts has been a harder habit to develop but we will keep at it and report back.
  • Lessened the amount of garbage we throw out. You may remember that we fill a 30 gallon garbage container each week.  This week, we forgot to put it out because of the holiday.  Usually, that would be a really bad thing.  But this time, it’s not!  We’ve cut back our garbage production significantly.  When we get in the habit of using the gDiaper inserts, we will have an even bigger impact.  Right now, we throw out a 9 pound bag of used diapers each week.   Lessening the amount of garbage we produce is not only good for the environment but also will help us save money as we move to a smaller garbage bin.

Overall, I’m very pleased with composting.  I wish I started it earlier.  I always felt like it would be more difficult or harder to accomplish than it really is.  If it’s something you want to try, I encourage you to dive in and see what you think.  Even in a small space, composting is possible with a worm bin.  These instructions are complete and easy to follow.

Next month’s topic will be simple living.  Topics we’ll cover are reducing clutter, garage sales, simplifying meal time and other items related to simple living.  We also get our first chickens at the end of June.  So, July will be chicken month.  We hope you’ll join us.