This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Monday, November 30, 2009

saving kitchen scraps for compost

kitchen scrap bucket kitchen scraps
squirrel on the compost bucket

In previous year's I haven't been very good about saving my kitchen scraps for compost. This year I'm collecting it all. My sister gave me a really nice container for my counter. It has a good lid with a carbon insert. And outside the door, I keep a big covered bucket for emptying this container. (The squirrel would rather it didn't have a cover.) When the bucket is full, it goes out to the tumbler.



Blogger Susie said...

What a great gadget! I use a large Pyrex bowl with a lid and empty into my compost weekly. It's kind of a pain. I like your system better:-)

December 01, 2009 10:03 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I used a bowl before my sister gave me this. The bowl takes up a bit more counter space. I think I fill the big outdoor bucket in a week.

December 01, 2009 10:08 PM

Blogger LGJ said...

I use a plastic container and pop it in the fridge if I don't empty it right away. If the container is empty there's a shelf I leave it on so it doesn't take up fridge space. I try to take out the compost-to-be every couple days so it's working out so far.

December 02, 2009 8:15 AM

Blogger The Mom said...

I use an old coffee can my mother saved for me. Since my compost pile is right off the back of my deck, I can empty it often.

December 02, 2009 8:46 AM

Blogger Kathryn E. said...

I use a large (empty & clean) yogurt container. Ideally I empty it every 2 days when I clean out the bunny litter (we use wood stove pellet for litter--absorbant and quicky to bread down), but sometimes it stretches out a day or two longer.

December 02, 2009 3:32 PM

Blogger jengod said...

I've been terrible about composting this year (pregnancy shifts your priorities), but usually we keep it in a grocery bag in the freezer and then take it out every weekend.

December 02, 2009 4:36 PM

Blogger Karen said...

I use my large stockpot and keep it out on the counter, but now that the porch will be cold for the next few months, I think I will stick it out there. I empty mine into the compost pile about once a week.

December 04, 2009 10:24 AM


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