ATP Podcast #76: Composting in the Winter: Composting in Alaska's winter

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ATP Podcast #76: Composting in the Winter

By dave
January 29, 2015

In today's podcast, Trish and Dave share their thoughts on composting in winter. What to do to keep it alive, when there are no grass clippings or weeds? We also talk about the Green Pages feature at All Things Plants, and give miscellaneous thoughts on the goings-on around our farm.

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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Jan 29, 2015 10:49 AM CST
We are frozen solid up here so my two tumbler bins (which have hardly ever worked) are rock solid. I have been saving kitchen scraps in buckets outside, also frozen. But I don't what to just throw them away. I figured in the spring I could dump them in the barrels along with shredded brown stuff (we have a grinder) and the leaves that I dumped by the bagful all around the garden since I didn't have time to grind them up also. I would love to have a three bin system built on the ground out of pallets or such. Maybe this spring I can talk DH into building one on an asphalt pad we have. I have read it doesn't hurt the bins to sit on a solid base.
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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cut Flowers Winter Sowing Charter ATP Member Seed Starter
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kqcrna
Jan 29, 2015 5:22 PM CST
Compost benefits from sitting on top of soil.

I don't compost through the winter months. Often the snow is too deep to get there, or the deck and stairs are ice covered. Last year the snow was blown up against back door and we couldn't even get the door opened. If we get a warm day, the yard is like a swamp... I compost three seasons of the year, but not in winter.

I enjoyed the podcast. I listened while I was potting up a couple of plants and wintersowing a few jugs of seeds.

Karen
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
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Oberon46
Jan 29, 2015 8:44 PM CST
Well, I don't think that keeping a couple of bucket of frozen kitchen detritus counts as composting but hopefully I can just dig a ditch through the garden and just shovel the stuff in then cover it over. Then the worms can take over. Hilarious!
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cut Flowers Winter Sowing Charter ATP Member Seed Starter
Echinacea Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Ohio Region: United States of America Butterflies Hummingbirder
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kqcrna
Jan 29, 2015 8:53 PM CST
Yes, when it thaws it will be good stuff.

Karen

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