Thursday, May 3, 2007

How to Compost #6: Wait

"Patience is the companion of wisdom." ~St. Augustine

Now that Spring has honestly arrived in Maine, I'm guessing that if I can achieve a good balance of Greens & Browns and introduce enough (but not too much) oxygen and water into my composter, I should have compost for my garden sometime in June. Then, theoretically, since we went with the continuous composter system, I should be able to continue to add waste to the composter and collect compost all summer long. Theoretically.

In the meantime, I'll keep you posted on progress, tips, tricks or foibles.

Also, you'll notice that I've added Step 8: Sun Mar 200 Garden Composter Review to my table of contents list. Since I wasn't able to find any significant consumer reviews about this continuous composter when we were looking at systems, I feel it is my civic duty to post a review of my own after I've had a chance to see whether it works or not, and how well.

In the meantime, here are a couple interesting articles:
  • Cool interview with Tony Vecchio of the Oregon Zoo about Sustainability Practices at the Zoo (really!) And you've got to love an interview with a guy who is a member of the Pig Advisory Group of the Zoo Association (really!)
Missed anything in this series? It's easy to catch up:

Step 1: Make it a Priority
Step 2: Choose a System
Interlude: Nature Tried to Kill My Composter
Step 3: Collect Organic Material
Step 4: Mix the Materials
Step 5: Moisten the Mixture
Step 6: Wait
Interlude: The Lightbulb Change
Interlude: The Yogurt Change
Interlude: The Sponge Change
Interlude: The Leftover Change
Interlude: The Napkin Change
The Sort-of Sun-Mar 200 Review Part One
The Sort-of Sun-Mar 200 Review Part Two
Sun-Mar 200 Compost Update
Sun-Mar 200: Starting All Over Again

Step 7: Use Your Compost
Step 8: Sun Mar 200 Garden Composter Review

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