Time for my first update since starting my first batch of compost in the spinning compost tumbler on June 6. It's actually been just a bit over a week.
To review, I started with the bin full of a mix about 60/40 of green to brown.
You can see the bin is almost completely full.
I've been spinning it about 10 times once every day and I have missed only one day.
After 11 days the volume has decreased dramatically and the mixture now looks almost competely black.
I think I have a good mix of green to brown because it seems just wet enough without being too wet or dry. Also the mix does not smell. A bad smell would be an indication of too much green or too wet.
In an effort to be a good recycler, I try to save all my kitchen scraps for the compost. I also have a worm composter and that is were most of the kitchen scraps go along with most of my shredded junk mail.
Saving kitchen scraps could be a messy business but I have a GREAT solution for that. There are lots of catalogs out there with fancy, pricey containers for kitchen scraps, even with charcoal filters for the smell. Overkill.
Just save the scraps into a (recycled) plastic grocery bag. Stick um in the freezer. You can pull the bag out and keep adding to it until it is full. Then dump the whole frozen contents into your composter. The freeze/thaw process helps to speed up the composting by breaking down the food and frozen scraps DONT SMELL!
Here's the bag I've got going in my freezer right now. This bag is getting full and it's about time to feed it to the worms.
I'll tell ya all about my worms another day.