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New Years Composting

Winter Compost Bin

You KNOW you are a chronic composter when…

You are out playing with your winter compost bin at 7:30 in the morning on New Years Day, after 4 hours of sleep and too much bubbly the night before!

Laughs aside, this morning actually provided me with a prime opportunity to check up on the bin and sneak in a winter composting update on the blog while I’m at it. We have family over for Christmas/New Years celebrations but everyone is still sleeping.

As you may be able to tell from the picture, we are being hit with another decent snow storm. When I don’t have to go anywhere I really love these heavy snow falls. I’m not sure if it takes me back to childhood or if I’m excited about the additional insulation for my outdoor compost bin (maybe both?), but either way it never fails to make me smile!

Ok, on to the update…

It hasn’t been very cold here over the holidays but most days have been below zero and most of our snow has stayed. I must say I’m very impressed with how well the compost bin is performing – chugging along like a well-oiled biological machine! This morning I found many zones in the 20 C (68 F) range and the coldest reading (taken from an area next to one of the walls) was 10 C (50 F)!

It feels a little funny saying this, but I really hope we get some severe winter cold eventually so I can really put this bin to the test. Thus far I’ve had no real difficulty maintaining cosy temperatures. I know it would have been a lot more challenging if I was using the same insulation system I set up last winter – thank goodness I decided to get serious this time around. I don’t want to sound too cocky, but in all honesty I will be very surprised if I’m not able to keep the bin active all winter long.

Anyway, that’s all for now!

Oh…almost forgot…


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Written by Compost Guy on January 1st, 2008 with 1 comment.
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