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My Naked Compost Bin

Last weekend I finally got myself out to the backyard to dismantle my winter composting insulation wall. It was funny to see the composter reduced back to its original dimensions – it looked so small and naked. I’m definitely glad I removed the wall though – this will allow for more air exchange and just keeps things looking a little more neat and tidy. (I’ll admit it – the winter composter was a wee bit of an eyesore).
I also want to allow another batch of compost bin tomatoes to thrive this year. They were an unexpected treat last year, and I think I may even purposely plant some this time around.

I’m not 100% sure what I’m going to do with the frame that was used as the outer wall of the winter bin. I’d prefer not to dismantle it since it is rather fragile and may not go back together when I need it next winter. I’m thinking about making it into a simple hot composter – but I will definitely need to secure a large quantity of waste material in order to do so.

When I was out to the bin again this week I checked on the status of the bokashi waste that I had added to the bin a little while ago. I was quite surprised to see that it was almost completely broken down. The worms were loving it, but it seems to have ended up creating a little ‘hot pocket’ in the bin, thus sending them off to cooler regions. I’m really looking forward to adding more of the material from the new buckets I’ve been filling inside. I actually had so much surplus kitchen scraps waiting for a home that i was able to fill one bucket right off the bat. So it is now probably getting close to being ready for the composter (or garden).

Anyway, that’s all for now. Have a great weekend, everyone! With the warm weather now seemingly here to stay (and my gardening activities getting started soon) you can be sure I will have much more to say in coming weeks.
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[tags]composter, compost bin, composting, worm bin, worm composter, compost, bokashi, hot composting[/tags]

Written by Compost Guy on April 25th, 2008 with no comments.
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