Keeping On Composting During Winter

DIY Compost winter

winterComposting has many benefits. It’s a pity to let it lapse during the Winter.

Composting is good for your garden. It’s good for the landfills because you’re minimizing what you put into them. It saves money – you don’t need to purchase compost!

It can be a bit of hassle developing the composting habit, especially come the winter months, but it is worth it.

The two main components that go into composting are:

  1. Organic, dry material such as dry leaves, hay, wood chips, straw, cardboard and paper
  2. Organic wet material such as food scraps, tea leaves, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable peels, grass clippings, fresh leaves. (No dairy or meat should be added.)

These two main components combine to supply the necessary elements for the composting process: carbon and nitrogen.  Composting needs 1 part nitrogen to 3 parts carbon.

During winter you’ll mainly be dealing with the nitrogen component provided by the ‘wet’ material.

When it’s cold and it’s wet, the last thing you want to do is traipse out to the compost bin with your food scraps, open it up the bin, put the scraps in and then turn the bin.  That’s enough to put anyone off composting!

Instead what you can do is to take your food scraps, chop them up if necessary and put them in a plastic bag in your freezer.  When the weather warms up, you can simply take out the bags a few at a time, let them defrost and then put them into the compost bin.

This way your composting habit will be reinforced, your compost bin will quickly get back in production and your garden will thank you!  So will the landfills!


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