On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal had a nice article about composting and comparing different models. Read the full article here…. Journalist Gwendolyn Bounds also made a cute video about her attempts with different composters. She even plays piano for the “kids” in her Worm Factory 360. I think she and I could be friends!
There is another article online at WSJ written by another journalist, Rachel Emma Silverman, as she shares her families attempts at being more “green” in their daily lives. There are a lot of great links in the article, too.
In our household, we’ve cut our trash down significantly by composting everything we can, including: vegetable scraps, egg shells, coffee grounds, paper towels, cardboard, shredded paper, newspaper, old cereal and bread. Let the worms do the work. Sometimes I break the material down using a food chopper so the “kids” can eat through it faster, but in the interest of keeping things simple, just toss it in.
Just a quick note on eggshells. I just read that you should wash, not rinse, them before you toss them in because of the salmonella poisoning risk. That seems like a lot of water to waste. Another suggestion is to cook them in the oven for about 20 minutes, although I couldn’t find any info about a suggested temperature, so pick a temperature and wing it. From my perspective, I don’t see why we should have to go through all that work to have eggshells in our compost. There is bacteria naturally occurring in the soil anyway, and what about cow manure? This sounds like a subject I could spend hours researching on Google. No thank you. Moving on…..
Gardener’s Supply Company is a favorite gardening catalog of mine and they have a great selection of composters and composting supplies. Check it out:
After you click on the logo above, you will see a link for composting on the left side of the page near the top.
I’m a “cold” composter vs a “hot” composter, which means that my brown/green ratio doesn’t have to be so precise and I can throw in whatever I want whenever I want. Plus, the “kids” don’t like it hot, so it’s all good.