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Old 03-11-2007, 08:51 PM   #62
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Default Re: Treading lightly on the earth

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Originally Posted by Irene
yeah we struggle with composting in the winter too, I just havent been able to come up with any good ideas :/
I read this thread regularly for motivation but just noticed this.

Tips for winter composting (one year, I made it through the entire winter without freezing and that's in WI ).
*stir compost every day
*add EXTREMELY WET food SCRAPS and hay to pile every day and small amount of hay (I just used "old rinse water" from the sink. I plugged it when rinsing dishes and then ladeled it into my compost container until it was like soup).
*put hay around pile to keep warm

The trick is to keep the compost warm. Heat is produced by additional ingredients and by constant agitation and wetness.

I just started adding to my compost pile again this year. I was not very good about it this winter. . . so. . .I started with several squash that rotted in my basement from the garden and a small amount of water and old plants in the garden. I'll add the watery scraps.

You must have about 3 to 4 inches of "established compost).

Another winter option is indoor vermicompost. I did that one year too. It worked really nicely. Didn't smell or take up much room
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