Managing Your Compost with One Bin

Managing Your Compost with One Bin

From the Comox Valley Echo, Tuesday 4 June 2013, Ask a Pro

Question: My composter is filling up and now we have tons more yard waste. Do I have to get another composter?

Answer: With some easy management, most households can get by with one composter. When your bin is full, let it sit for at least a week. In the meantime, you could freeze your kitchen scraps if they get out of hand. Then shovel out all that rich living earth. Scoop back the pieces that are not composted into the now empty composter for reprocessing. Prepare your empty bin by starting with some fluffy carbon-rich material like straw or dry leaves (that you cleverly saved in the fall, right?). Add the stockpiled kitchen scraps and start layering your carbon-rich browns and nitrogen-rich greens. Layer in some scoops of that dark worm-satiated compost that you shoveled out. Always top off with a layer of browns. You’ll have a second batch of compost before you know it! The compost that you shoveled out will still be curing but go ahead and use it all over your garden. Of course, you could always get a second bin and alternate between the two.

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