July 5, 2008
FROM GARBAGE TO GARDEN IN 2 WEEKS
I've always hated throwing away kitchen food scraps during the long months of winter in Chicago when it's not possible to place them in my outdoor compost tumbler. Did you know that landfills in urban areas are responsible for 40 per cent of all trash and they are also the biggest single source of green house gas ? Growing up on a farm we never wasted anything and collected all our kitchen scraps and fed them to the hogs.
One day I saw the kitchen composter above featured on the History Channel and a light went on in my head . It turns up to 5 lbs. of kitchen waste a day into compost in two short weeks and for as little as 50 cents of energy per month. That's as much as a family of 5 uses on a daily basis.
Greenculture, an environmentally concerned California company that sells the kitchen composter contacted me and offered to send me one if I would write about it . Anxious to do my part for the environment I of course agreed .
I have now completed my first batch of compost and I must say that I am very impressed with the kitchen composter . I especially like its ease of operation. Each time you add kitchen scraps you toss in a handful of baking powder and sawdust pellets with it . The heat it uses and the constant mixing aids in quickly breaking down the waste. There's a charcoal activated air filter inside so there are no nasty smells. Unlike outdoor composters, meat scraps and other kitchen waste can be composted.
Visit the website at Greenculture.com . They have a wide selection of wonderful compost bins and tumblers that will meet your specific need :