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#1 Old 05-25-2005, 07:54 AM
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I'm moving from an apartment into a house in September and was wondering if anyone could give me some advice about composting. What's the best style of composter in your opinion? The region seems to give out composters mainly in the spring -- is it okay to start composting in the fall?
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#2 Old 05-25-2005, 01:41 PM
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Hey CV...



Where do you live? Beginning a compost in frosty weather will probably be frustrating. As your heap picks up steam [literally] its temperature will rise and it will keep doing its thing, albeit slower, through the winter...but [from my indepth knowledge of Ontario winters] if you start one in the fall I bet all you get is frozen banana peels, until it thaws.



I know nothing of pre-made composters. I grew up with one my dad had made which was a box made of wooden slats, with one slat missing at the bottom to take the compost out as it progressed. They probably start putting the composters out in the spring because that's when most people suddenly develop an interest in yard work and being outside, not because you can't start a heap at another time of year, particularly if you have warmer weather. Also, look for some of the recent vermicomposting threads on AR issues with worm composters.
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Thanks, brahmacharya. I live near Toronto, so if I start my composter in September I'll have 2-3 months before the temperature drops below freezing at all consistently.



The composting/gardening connection makes sense. I've been complaining for a long time about having to throw out so much vegetable waste so I want to start as soon as possible
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Thanks, brahmacharya. I live near Toronto, so if I start my composter in September I'll have 2-3 months before the temperature drops below freezing at all consistently.



The composting/gardening connection makes sense. I've been complaining for a long time about having to throw out so much vegetable waste so I want to start as soon as possible



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Forgive me for my ignorance, but if you are apartment living, what are you using the compost for? Do you have enough plants for it? Or a garden?



I ask because I live in an apartment, as well, and I have wanted to compost for a long time, but without a garden, I didn't see the point. I do have lots of plants on my balcony, however. I also heard that many cities/communities give away small composters for free or at a discount. I should look into it here.



EDIT: Er, I just saw that you are moving into a house. Somehow that part missed my attention. Heh. Sorry!
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I ask because I live in an apartment, as well, and I have wanted to compost for a long time, but without a garden, I didn't see the point. I do have lots of plants on my balcony, however. I also heard that many cities/communities give away small composters for free or at a discount. I should look into it here.



EDIT: Er, I just saw that you are moving into a house. Somehow that part missed my attention. Heh. Sorry!



Hey Kimberly: Vancouver has tons of community gardens that might benefit from more compost [including the roundabouts and median strips, and that garden by the train tracks in Kitsilano]; or perhaps this will give you a chance to meet some of your neighbours who garden [There's a lady downstairs from me who has a sensational garden.]



My mom is couriering me some [ethically raised! ] worms for a vermicomposting box; I'm quite excited.
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Absolutely true! I never thought of that. I live in Kitilano, so I am sure they could use some. On one of my walks around the gardens, I'll have to find someone! Thanks for the thought.
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I was going to put this back in the worm debate thread but have NO interest in reigniting the debate, so:



I got my new worms! From my mummy, who is not a commercial breeder, and they were all very much alive when they arrived Expresspost. [I did enjoy walking around shopping and biking home with Box o' Worms].



I used M's drill BY MYSELF [hurray for girls] to drill holes in the bottom of a Rubbermaid container and gave them all their bedding according to the instructions, and now they have some kale stems and carrot tops and coffee grinds to chew on.



They were odorless and the Rubbermaid is very small, so I've got them out on the deck and I'll let you know if it's a reasonable option for apartments.
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