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Windy, Warm…Now Wintry!

Tarp Getting Blown of Winter Composting Bin

Yes, ‘wintry’ is indeed a word – I just looked it up!

Hi everyone – good to finally be back in action here on the blog. As mentioned in my last post, I’m long overdue for a winter composting update. We’ve seen some major fluctuations in weather since the last update (as suggested by the title of this post).

As you can see in the picture above, we had pretty significant warm spell – nearly all the snow melted away, and it certainly wasn’t too challenging to keep the compost bin contents nice and cozy during this period of time. Keeping the tarp on the bin however, was not quite so easy. We had a day of extremely high winds – I could literally see pieces of cardboard flying through the sky (it just so happened to be ‘garbage day’ in my neighbourhood)!

Getting Back to Some Real Winter Composting

Winter does seem to be making a come back these days. We had a significant snowfall recently, and temperatures have fallen quite a bit (but still not normal January lows by any means).

The last time I visited the bin temperature readings were somewhat lower than previously. Still well above freezing, but the average was probably in the 10-15 C (50-59 F) range, rather than the 15-20 C (59-68 F) range encountered previously. I’m not worried at all, but I DO need to be careful about letting the temps get too low. As I discovered last year, once it gets cold in there it is very difficult (if possible at all) to stimulate heating again. What’s interesting is that I’ve been adding a LOT of food waste so I’ve actually been expecting to see a spike in temperatures at some point (not that I really want that). Hopefully all this ‘fuel’ will provide a ‘slow burn’ source of heat for the next few weeks. I still have lots of leaves and will be getting a bale of straw soon as well, so there is no shortage of insulation and waste materials this year (one of the problems I encountered last year).

The red worms inside seem quite active. They are quite small, but there are a lot of them, along with numerous cocoons as well!

Anyway, thats all for now – not exactly the most exciting winter composting update! I guess that’s one of the downsides of having such a reliable bin this year!

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Written by Compost Guy on January 17th, 2008 with no comments.
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