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Winter Composting Wrap-Up

Winter Composting Bin Buried in Snow

Old Man Winter: 2 | Compost Guy: 0

Well, it has been almost a month and a half since my last winter composting update, and I’m sure some of you must be wondering what on earth happened. Unfortunately this year’s extravaganza was once again derailed in February – although it certainly wasn’t as decisive a victory for Old Man Winter this year. The timing wasn’t great – I ended up getting really busy with other things, and then was away for two weeks. It’s hard to say for sure if I would have succeeded (temps were continuing to decrease the last time I checked), but I guess we’ll never know.

Buried Backyard Composter

We had a serious blizzard (~ 40 cm of snow) a couple weeks ago and still have not had anything resembling real spring weather as of yet, although the sun is certainly a lot more powerful these days which helps. As you can see both of my outdoor composters are still deep in snow. Once the weather starts warming up some more I’ll likely dig out what’s left of the snow around the insulated bin and open it up for a look.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with the progress I have made and know for sure that next year will be the one!! haha 🙂
Of course, I would have loved to have a fully active bin all year round, but hey I can’t complain – still being able to compost outside in early February is pretty cool!

That being said, I am DEFINITELY looking forward to getting back to some normal outdoor composting and of course gardening as well!

Once again, for a full run down of winter composting posts (this year and last year) and general information, be sure to check out my Winter Composting page.

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Written by Compost Guy on March 27th, 2008 with 2 comments.
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#1. March 14th, 2009, at 6:45 PM.

I was wondering if you had given any thought to using bales of hay around the outside of your bins, similar to straw-bale construction. Even the smaller bales have decent insulating power and after winter you can then use the straw in the bins.

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#2. January 28th, 2012, at 4:58 PM.

It is January and here in NJ I am dreaming of what to put in the garden next year.

We compost a small bin from the kitchen, to an outside rotating composter. My question is at what time should we stop adding to this composter so that it has time to break down our lovely kitchen scraps and outdoor leaves, so that it can be incorporated into the garden bed soil in the spring?

Please reply to my e-mail address as well. Thank you.

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