Friday, June 6, 2008

Apartment Composting


Okay, I've been dying to try composting in my apartment but have hesitated because everything I have read about was using live worms. So after searching long and hard I have found one to try out.

I bought a Nature Mill composter (see picture). Here is the website: http://www.naturemill.com/howItWorks.html
Be sure to watch the video because it explains how to use it.

Now I plugged mine in today and you can't just start putting in scraps. First you put in 2 cups of outdoor dirt from the ground. It also comes with a bag of sawdust pellets and a box of baking soda. At the start of each "batch" you need to thrown in the sawdust pellets and baking soda if you don't have a lot of "brown" items. "Brown" items are the untreated or unpainted sawdust, wood shavings, bread, rice, pasta, grains, nuts, nut shells, straw, dry flowers, small yard leaves, coffee ground and paper filters.
The "brown" items balance the "green" (organic) items and gives you the nice soil in the bottom tray.

Okay so here it goes. As the instructions say, composting takes time so I'll check back with you in about a month with progress. I should be reporting I have had 2 great batches of soil!

If you are interested in buying one, let me know! I have coupons for $30 off a composter.

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