Andrea, the compost Queen!

25 Aug

Did you know that Andrea has her Master Composting Certificate? Very impressive credentials. This past weekend, she was setting up her new WORM CONDO – yowza! After doing a year long test with vermicomposting using a homemade “worm house”, she decided she had earned the right to purchase a deluxe worm condo. And what a beauty it is – check out the photo below. What is vermicomposting? Simply put, you use earthworms to turn organic wastes into very high quality compost. This is probably the best way of composting kitchen wastes. Adding small amounts of wet kitchen scraps to a large compost pile in the garden day by day can disrupt the decomposition process so that the compost is never really done. But it works just fine with vermicomposting. No smell if you do it right – if you do it wrong…cough, cough. Here’s the condo –

Andrea's WORM CONDO

Andrea and I discussed the cottage compost set-up, which is far from ideal. We have a couple of problems; the flip-and-turn composter doesn’t get enough “food” to keep from drying out – we have to figure out a composting method that is better suited to the feast or famine schedule of composting at the cottage. The second is a little more education on what to add to the composter and what to garbage. If we had a ground-standing composter (and a reasonable pile in it), Andrea recommends this as the perfect compost pile turner –

Compost mixer - ohhhh, deluxe!

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One Response to “Andrea, the compost Queen!”

  1. Andrea August 27, 2010 at 7:49 am #

    Well, if the fans are keen, stay tuned for some photos of the red wigglers in their new home!

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