I want to do it...apparently it is so easy to do...we eat a mainly vegetarian diet so I wouldn't have to worry about composting meat.  But, I haven't done it.  I don't know where to start!  I understand the concept well enough, but I don't know how to start the damn thing, and then maintain it...especially during our long winters here in Maine.  Wouldn't it just freeze into a big pile?  And then what do I do with the food scraps I have during the winter?  I certainly cannot store them in a bucket until the pile un-freezes!

These are the thoughts that hold me back a lot of time.  The thoughts of how *this* just won't work, no matter what I do.  When I was in high school we did vermicomposting in my biology class.  It was very cool...started a business, sold worm sh...ahhh casings....made some money.  All very fun stuff.  My husband totally put the kibosh on that in a matter of seconds, no matter how much I explained that their was no odor, no flies.  Then we watched the No Impact Man which they start vermicomposting...and get huge amounts of flies...of course they do!  So needless to say, no worms.  Not until I sneak them in anyways...

My plan for the fall is to build a compost bin outside.  Not sure how I am going to do that yet, and fall probably isn't the best time, but maybe it is.  We will have all the dead stuff from the garden, tons of leaves, that sounds like a good start, right?  What do you do for composting?  Are you as consumed as I am with failure, so you haven't started one?  And for those in colder climates, what do you do during the winter?


  1. The rental had one of those plastic composting bins so we put it together in the corner and just dump our scraps and yard stuff into that. We do get tons of flies but we're not as good at mixing it as we should be. I have an old camping pot in the kitchen that I put scraps in until it's full and then we carry it outside and dump it in. Supposedly the compost gets incredibly hot while it's doing it's thing and breaking down food, so I don't know that you'd have to worry about it freezing. My parents for years just had a pile outside their front yard where they dumped lawn clippings and such and that eventually turned into good stuff---I don't know that you can really mess up compost! ;)

  2. I think I might just try it and see what happens. As long as no animals are coming to visit us, I will be happy :-)


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