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December 13, 2010


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T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types

That's great! I know what you mean about having a "system." We don't have a composting requirement where I live (not that it should matter) but I know that with recycling I struggled for years and found that used containers were piling up around me. Now, I finally have one bin in the basement. When it's full, it's time to take it to the curb!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

I'm lucky to be able to walk out the door and dump our scraps into a large compost bin. Our method is entirely passive. We have the luxury of space, so when one pile is high enough, we turn it once or twice, then leave it to do its thing and we just start another pile. There's nothing as rewarding as using your own homemade compost in the garden come spring.


I've seen these bins before...thought about getting one, but still need to work through the idea of having worms in my basement.

I'm really glad to have the green bin program in Ottawa. Between around April to November, pick up of medium-sized bin is weekly. In the winter, it decreases to every two weeks. Aside from some supplementary bags for yard waste, all of my scraps go into there. But, it means that I have to find compost elsewhere.


T.W. -- Now we need to get a system for you for composting :)

Lydia -- I got the idea of passive composting from you. I just wish I had the space for multiple piles.

PG -- You're not the first to be concerned about worms in the basement. I can assure you they stay quite happily in the sealed bin. And since I know you have a garden now, it would be great if you made your own compost. Though I'm exceedingly jealous that Ottawa has curbside composting pick up. I think Cambridge will get there soon.


Urban composting is a good thing. But why would you kill the worms? They'll keep working to make your soil better when you add it to your garden or landscaping.


Peter - the type of worms that work well for indoor vermiculture will wreak havoc in my garden. I will need to preserve enough worms to keep my compost going, and then make sure any remaining worms are dead before I use the compost in my garden.


Urban composting is a great idea!I wish I had a garden to use it on.But mine is paved with concrete:(
Still I like the idea of encouraging others to put their garbage to good use!

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