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why did it take me so long to buy a compost pail?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: January 18, 2010 09:31PM


a temporary location for kitchen scraps until i make my way to the garden







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Re: why did it take me so long to buy a compost pail?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: January 18, 2010 09:33PM
For me... because they're too small. And to have it sitting on the counter? Seems odd. Can't fit egg cartons or many other things into ones that small.




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Re: why did it take me so long to buy a compost pail?
Posted by: space-time
Date: January 18, 2010 09:35PM
you live in a Brooklyn apartment, right? what about the smell from the compost pail, do you keep this pail inside the apartment???
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Re: why did it take me so long to buy a compost pail?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: January 18, 2010 09:39PM
>>For me... because they're too small.

There's a green plastic one on amazon thats 2.7 gallons. any larger than that and you might as well get a trash can with a good cover.

>>And to have it sitting on the counter? Seems odd. Can't fit egg cartons or many other things into ones that small.

I'll go by the door until its taken out. and yes, that door is in the kitchen. as for composting egg cartons - you're more aggressive about composting than i am.

>>what about the smell from the compost pail

the smell of vegetable waste isn't particularly pronounced. animal products smell a hell of a lot worse.







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Re: why did it take me so long to buy a compost pail?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: January 18, 2010 09:43PM
Ha!
I just received one for Christmas and it's great.

Only problem is that it's winter and the compost pile is frozen solid - and under snow.

in terms of smell, don't compost cooked food waste. in fact, you should be eating what food you have cooked, so there should be little to no waste. for meat scraps, I keep them in the freezer and throw away on trash day.



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Re: why did it take me so long to buy a compost pail?
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: January 18, 2010 09:44PM
because your brain was trying to tell you that chilling wine is best done in an insulated container, not
a chrome former compost pail?



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Re: why did it take me so long to buy a compost pail?
Posted by: sekker
Date: January 18, 2010 09:49PM
We have that very same model - it's great!
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Re: why did it take me so long to buy a compost pail?
Posted by: Mike Sellers
Date: January 18, 2010 10:09PM
Mine sits under the sink, not on the counter.
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Re: why did it take me so long to buy a compost pail?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: January 18, 2010 10:10PM
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mattkime
>>For me... because they're too small.

There's a green plastic one on amazon thats 2.7 gallons. any larger than that and you might as well get a trash can with a good cover.

>>And to have it sitting on the counter? Seems odd. Can't fit egg cartons or many other things into ones that small.

I'll go by the door until its taken out. and yes, that door is in the kitchen. as for composting egg cartons - you're more aggressive about composting than i am.

>>what about the smell from the compost pail

the smell of vegetable waste isn't particularly pronounced. animal products smell a hell of a lot worse.

we don't have much of a choice about food/yard waste, and recycling here in Seattle. they can check and refuse to pick it up, or fine you, or both. Greenest city in the country.
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Re: why did it take me so long to buy a compost pail?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: January 18, 2010 10:30PM
I can still fondly remember my mother's compost pile, and the 'worm box' buried in the back yard that was the compost pile for cooked food waste and meat scraps. The neighbors tried to get her written up by the cops. There wasn't a law against it, and now she teaches classes on composting.

Of course she was raised on a farm in the depression, and you wasted NOT.
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Re: why did it take me so long to buy a compost pail?
Posted by: artie67
Date: January 18, 2010 11:16PM
Looks like the pail we have. If you have an empty plastic coffee container like a Folgers 39oz it will fit into the container perfectly. It makes a great fit and easily cleaned.
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Re: why did it take me so long to buy a compost pail?
Posted by: steve...
Date: January 18, 2010 11:41PM
I use the economy model...












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Re: why did it take me so long to buy a compost pail?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: January 19, 2010 12:39AM
I finally started a compost pile. I'm in the country, so it's just a pile at the edge of the yard. I'm not a big "green" guy so much, but it actually feels good to dump the scraps in it (less meat and cooked stuff).
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Re: why did it take me so long to buy a compost pail?
Posted by: Kiva
Date: January 19, 2010 01:08AM
anybody have some links to their preferred low-cost method of composting? I'm afraid of (1) stinking up the backyard so i won't want to go back there and (2) spending unnecessary funds. My mom did it recently and she just got a big plastic bin from Target, threw a freaking million worms in there, and, presto...

kiva



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Re: why did it take me so long to buy a compost pail?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: January 19, 2010 06:39AM
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Kiva
anybody have some links to their preferred low-cost method of composting? I'm afraid of (1) stinking up the backyard so i won't want to go back there and (2) spending unnecessary funds. My mom did it recently and she just got a big plastic bin from Target, threw a freaking million worms in there, and, presto...

kiva

just start a pile in a corner of the yard.

smell really shouldn't be a concern unless you're doing something wrong.

compost doesn't particularly need worms. most of the work is done by microbes



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Re: why did it take me so long to buy a compost pail?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: January 19, 2010 07:32AM
ours starts with a leaf base in fall and then we bury the kitchen compost in it.
When the freeze comes I have a tumbler that I fill.
When the defrosts come and go I bury it in the garden which is covered with leaves such that the worms apparently stay pretty bust or else they get to it before I plant again.
The tumbler I have is old school and while efficient it s a bit of a pain to dump.
CostCo has a real nice one last year for $100 that I shoulda.
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Re: why did it take me so long to buy a compost pail?
Posted by: billb
Date: January 19, 2010 07:37AM
I use a plastic bucket . (when there's a lot)
Otherwise a Dunkin Donuts big clear plastic cup. (It's about 4 years old)
If you take the compost out to the compost pile every night there's an empty bucket/cup by the sink in the A.M.

Trying to rip egg cartons into 12 pieces must be tough.
:-)


If you cut the bead on a 15" tire and turn it inside out - compost pile wall. Several for height. I use 3' wire fence.

We have to recycle everything (compost in your own yard) here, too. If a bag weighs or smells tooo much they open it and if there's anything in there that doesn't belong you get to try again next week. We used to have to seperate all the recyclables - now just paper/cardboard seperate from metal/plastic.



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Re: why did it take me so long to buy a compost pail?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: January 19, 2010 07:57AM
I used to have a worm bin. It worked too well. I had no where to put the soil I was making.



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Re: why did it take me so long to buy a compost pail?
Posted by: Dakota
Date: January 19, 2010 08:18AM
This place stinks.



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Re: why did it take me so long to buy a compost pail?
Posted by: AlphaDog
Date: January 19, 2010 10:03AM
How do you guys manage the compost pile area so it doesn't attract rats or raccoons?
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Re: why did it take me so long to buy a compost pail?
Posted by: TLB
Date: January 19, 2010 10:17AM
Anyone have suggestions for (inexpensive) compostable, leak resistant bags or liners for a compost pail?
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Re: why did it take me so long to buy a compost pail?
Posted by: billb
Date: January 19, 2010 10:34AM
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AlphaDog
How do you guys manage the compost pile area so it doesn't attract rats or raccoons?

Coyotes seem to keep thier populations down ?
Haven't seen racoon prints in the compost pile snow cover for years. Used to see them, though. I'm willing to share as long as they stay out of the house.
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Re: why did it take me so long to buy a compost pail?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: January 19, 2010 10:52AM
>>How do you guys manage the compost pile area so it doesn't attract rats or raccoons?

I'm fairly certain that restricting animal products from your mulch pile will do the job. otherwise try mixing the food with non food compost, such as leaves, grass clippings, etc.



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Re: why did it take me so long to buy a compost pail?
Posted by: billb
Date: January 19, 2010 11:19AM
Rats and raccoons eat vegetables, fruit, nuts, will lick egg shells and even the worms slithering about.

They'll dig down to unbury a chicken carcass if it's not buried deep enough, they won't usually bother trying to unearth a turnip.

Meat, oil and fish are the most likely items to attract vermin.
The rest is just least likely.

Rats love corn and grain. Ask anyone in the Midwest.
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Re: why did it take me so long to buy a compost pail?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: January 19, 2010 11:27AM
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Re: why did it take me so long to buy a compost pail?
Posted by: trisho.
Date: January 19, 2010 10:00PM
mattkime, what's the model of that compost bin on Amazon? I've been thinking about composting for real this coming summer and would like to get set up. Other folks, if you have links, that would be great.

Thanks,



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