Our family makes a lot of food waste. Some is the forgetful kind, you know those baby greens you planned to use in a salad you planned to make but never quite got around to it. So they sit in the fridge and turn to baby green juice. Not pretty. The rest of our food scraps are legit – peels, rinds, and other inedible portions of various fruits and vegetables, along with some uneaten leftovers that have made their way to the food graveyard. This combination of legitimate and illegitimate food waste can total as much as 15-30% of our household trash. And there’s just no need for all of that to end up in a landfill somewhere creating nasty methane gas, especially when the alternative is rich humus. No, not the stuff you eat with pita bread – HUMUS, that lovely, dark organic matter that’s the result of a compost pile that’s been carefully tended over time. The stuff full of delicious nutrients (if you’re a plant) that holds water like a sponge and helps aerate the soil by causing soil particles to clump together. This is the holy grail of gardening, the fountain of youth, the field of dreams. You get the point.
Researching Compost Bins
It wasn’t long after conducting proper research on the web to find the composting technique and bin most suitable for our environment, I came across the Green Johanna Chronicles blog. After reading a few entries I knew right away that an enclosed, hot composting system was right for our needs and I set my sights on getting a Green Johanna for our home. Now in a different, more suburb-like setting, I would lean toward an open air style of composting. It would certainly be cheaper. But there are far too many critters that come out after dark around here that would make quick work of a pile of food scraps even if it was covered with some soil, twigs or other brown materials. The raccoons are extra clever and have a habit of getting into anything laying around outside – food or not. So our particular situation demanded an enclosed bin that would keep out unwanted scavengers. Another reason the Green Johanna appealed to us is that any kind of food waste can be tossed in. Even food that ordinarily isn’t acceptable in most compost piles like, meats and dairy products. For Johanna, even animal based scraps are child’s play.
I won’t go too much into how the thing works right now. I’ll save that for my video review after it arrives. But you can check out the diagram below to see some of Johanna’s unique features.
So today I gave $259 to Woodland Direct to have Johanna sent to us (it was the cheapest deal I could find on the web). And as soon as she arrives I’ll share my composting adventures with you. Keep in mind I’m a total compost rookie, so I’ll be learning by doing, which means good times for you the viewer.