|Re: compost||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Kathy Tymoczko (kathy.tymoczkogmail.com)|
|Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 12:21:07 -0700 (PDT)|
We have three 12-cubic foot capacity black compost bins with both top and bottom lids. See http://beaverstateplastics.com/compost_bins.html for a picture (although ours are black not green). They're 27 inches in diameter and 36 inches high, and are in an eight-by-eight foot lattice-enclosed area by our front (street-facing) garden (we don't have much outdoor space). One is the "done" bin, one is the "cooking" bin, and one is the bin that is currently being filled. We have not had rat problems since we got these bins with the bottom "lid". Our previous bins just sat on on the ground, and provided a very nice habitat for mice and rats (warm and food-filled). We have 30 households, and fill up the bin in typically about 6 weeks; it cooks and settles quite a bit while being filled. So every 4 to 8 weeks, the "done" bin has to be emptied and spread on our garden beds (if it hasn't been already), the "cooking" bin (which has usually reduced in volume to about half by then) moved into the "done" bin, and the contents of the "filling" bin moved into the "cooking" bin. It takes about an hour or so to do that on one of our monthly garden work days. The composting process works pretty well. The "cooking" bin tends to be about 110 degrees for a fair chunk of time, and we have lots of worms and soldier flies (good) and billions of fruit flies or fungus gnats (not as good). Woody things (twigs bigger than 1/4 inch in diameter and longer than 3 or 4 inches) or big chunks or things not in smallish pieces don't always break down completely. We live in Portland, Oregon, and the city does composting as well, and provides kitchen compost buckets, so not all households necessarily put their kitchen waste in our bins. The city compost program allows things in their compost that we don't want in ours (meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, bones, coffee filters, tea bags, paper napkins and paper towels, pizza delivery boxes, branches). On Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 8:02 AM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at] sharonvillines.com> wrote: > > > [My community is committed to a re-design of our compost > > system ........... We have four goals for this re-design: > > rat-proof, largely odor-free, aesthetic, and efficient and > > effective for residents.] > > We have two black composters the size of a garbage can. I think they have > have layers. One is filled while the other sits. Then the compost is > transferred to blue bins the size of recycling bins and sits covered for > another period of time before it is ready. We have rats and not enough > space to leave it out in the open. > > Sharon > ---- > Sharon Villines > Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC > http://www.takomavillage.org > > > > > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ > > > -- Kathy Tymoczko Daybreak Cohousing <http://www.daybreakcohousing.org> Portland, Oregon 765-307-1083
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