Live Without a Net, Compost Answers!

Finished compost

Thank you Zach for asking some great questions! Q: What is the benefit of having a compost bin over just a pile? I ask because it seems like it would be easier to turn a pile than compost in a bin. A: An attractive…

What is your #1 question about composting?

3 stage compost pile

We’ve all had them. And I really want to know. You compost now, but it might not be going so well. Or you know that composting is one of the easiest things you can do to save the world, but don’t know how to…

Shopping for/or building your own Compost Bin

Four composting options

Pictured above are four options, an open pile (with pitchfork in the foreground), a commercial bin (with a Nuc – a small beehive for swarm transport sitting on top), a leaf mould pile (behind the movable wooden fencing), and a plastic garbage can containing weed…

Tumbler compost bin? Spinning composter? Don’t waste your money.

compost heap

The spinning (sometimes called a barrel) or tumbler composter is a commercial gimmick to convince you that anyone, including small children or pets, can turn the whole pile at once in a few seconds. Most are too small to heat up properly, can’t be…

The three best things you can do for the planet, no matter who you are and where you live.

Start a worm bin in order to covert a third of your waste stream into something that helps the planet. Never, ever again use a disposable bag for carrying home something you purchase. Walk or bike somewhere everyday. It is not hard to save…

Even Worms Want to Save the World

One sunny afternoon three summers ago, Kevin and I were tidying up the backyard in preparation for our joint birthday party. We were both turning older than dirt that year and thought we would have a big soiree and invite all our friends to…

Why you need to compost, even if you have a green bin.

Many municipalities now offer a third (after garbage and recycling) or green bin for composting. And while this is a very good thing it is not a substitute for urban individual compost piles. Your grass, houseplants, vegetable garden, herb garden, and flower garden need…

Ecological Disaster Looms! Film at 11:00

It is fall which means just one thing: untold millions of bags of leaves will go into landfills around the country. It goes without saying, that you are using a mulching mower to convert leaves into fertilizer for your lawn. And, of course, anything…

Pit Composting is an Oxymoron

As a Master Composter I often have people asking me about so-called “pit composting”. I want to be very clear here, pit composting is not composting; it is throwing garbage in a hole in the ground which is illegal in all jurisdictions. Ok, maybe…