Thursday, June 12, 2008

Apartment Composting - Part 2

Wow! It's been almost a week since I started composting. It's nice not having to take the trash out every night. :)

I've been asked why I didn't go the worm route and got the electric composter. I just didn't like the idea of having worms in the kitchen. It was creeping me out. With no yard and a tiny patio, I needed something. So until I get over the worms or have a yard I decided to invest in the machine.

I have had a little smell. The biggest smell is old coffee. I only make it at home once a week so I must use strong coffee! Ha! I added more baking soda, so the smell did go away.

Now I am so excited. Over the week I collected enough scraps to make a batch. The machine ran and then deposited the compost into the lower chamber. Now I can continue to add to the composter because it all stays in the upper chamber, but I need to wait 5 days before removing the bottom tray - enough time to let the compost dry out.

One batch seems to be just enough for all of my potted plants. But I won't need to fertilize them every week...anybody need some compost? I'm buying! :)

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