Good composting device

garrai81June 23, 2013

I want to start composting my kitchen waste (banana peels, egg shells, etc), to use the product in my garden. We (my son and I) do not produce much kitchen waste.

There are so many devices out there to speed things up, it's overwhelming.

I would rather not spend 200 bucks or more on some large composting bin.

Or do I even need a device?

I live in a neighborhood, so smell is an issue.

Any thoughts are welcome.



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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

No device needed.

Smells not a problem if you don't overload with fresh greens.

See "Cmposting at Home"

Here is a link that might be useful: Composting at Home

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 11:51AM
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Karchita(WA Z8)

I agree that no device is needed. If all you want to compost is a small amount of kitchen waste, just bury it in a garden bed. There will be no smell. Dig a hole fairly deep, like a foot or so, or you might have critters digging it up. I wouldn't recommend dealing with meat products or leftover food this way, just uncooked vegetable trimmings and coffee grounds, that sort of thing. Dig your holes in different spots. Some people who do this rotate where they dig their holes to utilize all parts of their gardens. You can do this year round and over time it can make a real difference in your soil.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 3:36AM
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George Three LLC

it brings in a whole host of new problems, but man are chickens efficient composting machines. anything they don't eat they poop on. things just "disappear" in their run. paper towels last about 3 days in the winter, linger a bit more in the summer.

i dig out their run in the late winter, cover my beds with the soil/straw mix and let the area rest till spring planting. make sure you get some freeze thaw cycles in there before you plant.

Here is a link that might be useful: chicken manure

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 10:44AM
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Thanks for the commments.

I appreciate them.


    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 9:47AM
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Worm composting seems to be easy to do in an urban setting and the castings are as good as any other compost.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 11:51PM
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