I have a large pile going from the fall and summer yard waste, but I have to
many varmints around to add kitchen waste to the pile.
Does anyone have an efficient, varmint proof system to compost kitchen
wastes in? I'm thinking some thing in the range of 25 to 50 gallons, that
It might also make a difference to know I'm located in Northern WI.
I precompost them in a garbage can with a strong lid. The racoons or
mice will not eat stuff that has already rotten. You only need a thaw
or two and it will go inedible. There are still a few things that will
not go bad easily, in my case only squash seeds and radicchio roots,
but all in all I find very little varmint traffic. In fact I get much
more traffic in my regular garbage, every time, say, I throw away meat
Critters digging in the compost bins has never been an issue for me.
We do hot batch composting, in open topped bins, and bury fresh kitchen
waste in the steaming pile every day or so. (We've even buried the remains
of a lobster feast.) The same racoons that regularly raid the garbage cans
ignore anything buried in the compost pile.
Take a look at the sig, and figure out howshoot me an email if you'd like
me to send you the info I use to do hot batch composting. It was originally
posted in the old Prodigy gardening group by a composting professional.
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
have you considered making liquid compost. A large barrell, I use 200L, and
a hessian sack stuffed with organics. As they break down the water turns
into a compost tea which I can draw off as I need it. It may take some time
for an initial batch of waste to break down but may suit your needs
depending on how much you throw out. Periodically you can throw the spent
organic matter at the bottom on the sack on your dry compost where it should
not be disturbed by animals.
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