The Trials and Errors of Composting

| April 24, 2008 | 0 Comments

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I’ve got to warm up to this composting process. Don’t get me wrong, I am 100% for composting, but it’s the logistics that I seem to have some issue with.

Last year I purchased a composting binrecycling binI was very excited about composting (and still am). I put the composting bin together and placed in an area in my yard. I read the little brochure and started composting.

I added yard clippings and household wastes, mixed, stirred and added the appropriate amount of water. I was so thrilled that I was doing my part to help the environment. Everything was going swimmingly until my 8-legged friends started to spend more time at my bin than I did. Additionally, I realized that I placed the bin in an inconvenient area of the yard.

Then there was the issue of accumulating household waste in an indoor container to save for the composting bin (that stuff packs a mean punch when you take the lid off). I guess I had not thought out the process long enough, or maybe I wasn’t a dedicated as I thought I was. Composting is not for the feint of heart. You’ve got to have the right mindset.

Ashamed and upset up with my allowing my 8-legged friends to scare me away from my composting efforts, I decided to find out how could I get around it. Not wanting to give in to my immediate gratification upbringing and toss everything in the trash, I decided to analyze my logistical problems, which included but were not limited to:

  1. Educating my family on what is compostable (steak bones are not)
  2. Moving the compost bin to a more convenient location (I prefer the kitchen, but hubby nixed that idea).
  3. Accumulating household recyclable trash
  4. Those darned 8-legged friends.

As of this post, I have not resolved all of my issues. I did, however, move the composting bin a little closer to the house and now that winter is over, I’ve started to accumulate household waste
trash truckagain (I’m still trying to determine which container is best). As far as the spiders go, I put diatomaceous earth all around the bin to kill those that are brave enough to challenge me. I’m having another go at it.

I thought about using a worm-composting bin, but I’m not totally sold on that idea as yet (although the thought of indoor composting is sounding better each day). I’ll keep at this for a while. Who knows, maybe it’s like learning to write with your left hand (if you’re right-handed), the more you do it, the better you get.

May 25, 2012 Update:  I think I’ve found the method for recycling that is a hand in glove fit for me (and others like me).  It’s called bokashi.

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Felicia has learned the hard way that health, whether good or bad, is a result of daily choices and habits. On this blog Felicia shares what she's learned and the healthier choices she now makes as a result of her new knowledge. She hopes to encourage others to experiment to find alternative solutions to nagging problems (she's also is a bit of a tree hugger and likes to share ways to lighten the toxic burden on the environment). Necessary disclaimer: I am not a medical professional therefore I am not and cannot giving medical advice. I'm just sharing my story.

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