Until this year I've been a fair weather composter. I love to compost during the summer and fall when the weather is lovely but in the past have always given it up in the winter months. Who wants to trek out to the compost pile in the snow? Well, all of a sudden, this girl does!
I had such a successful compost season this past summer that I didn't want to stop just because winter arrived. I intended to move the compost tumbler (it's not really THE compost tumbler...it's a generic equivalent) closer to the house before the ground froze but it was too heavy.
If I couldn't easily get to the dump site without putting on boots then I needed an easy collection system in the kitchen to hold the scraps so I would only need to make the trek a few times a week.
Thanks to a tip in Organic Life Magazine I realized I could use my plastic lemonade pitchers as collection bins under the kitchen sink. I only use the pitchers in the summer so they were available and they hold enough scraps that I only have to walk through the snow twice a week usually. The pitchers are lightweight and the lids pop on and off quickly so it's very convenient.
Lucky for me, I drink a ton of peppermint tea so there is actually a pleasant mint aroma under my kitchen sink that overpowers the other compostable items in the pitchers. My compost mix is mostly made up of veggie scraps, fruit peels, tea bags and the occasional coffee filter with grounds. Also, since the pitchers have lids there is not much odor at all.
I really thought my compost would not progress through the winter with the cold temperatures but apparently I have such a good cook going on that this pile just keeps on cooking. I add to it twice a week and give the tumbler a good spin. When I come back a few days later, all of the scraps are breaking down nicely.
I'm so glad I've figured out a system that is working for me so that I can continue to compost all year long. I can't wait to add this mix to my garden beds in the spring. I love taking trash and turning it into treasure and composting is one of the easiest ways to do that.
How about you? Do you compost? I'm glad I've finally got this figured out but I'm sure there are other tips I'm missing. Please use the comments field below to share! TIA!