Rant! Bulk, local composting needed!

Posted on 16th December 2012 in Uncategorized

i’m prompted by an inquiry from a local new haven eatery, or shall i say DRINKERY, to rant! GRRRR!!! the place in question (think along the lines of juicing and smoothies) WANTS to compost their waste, just like Edge of the Woods wants to compost their waste.

so i did a quick internet search (15 minutes as opposed to 3 hours, cause i could stay on here reading about compost forever). i can’t find any BIG operations, or municipal operations, in the area that compost food waste. and the composting operations around the state that DO compost and sell themselves as COMPOSTING places selling (sarcastically paraphrased) ‘rich, organic, absolutely dreamy, delightful compost to make your plants euphoric’ are nothing but leaves and manure.

and it SHOULD BE common knowledge that the best composts have a WIDE variety of ingredients, not just two. that’s like me saying, here, you want some soup i made, it has water and salt. that soup won’t do much for you until you add some veggies and maybe some meat. now that i think about it, that soup would likely kill you if it’s all you had to eat. ANYWAY!!! COMPOST!!! that’s what i was ranting about. NEW MILFORD FARMS in new milford, ct DOES compost food “waste” (read excerpt below). and it will cost your operation to have your food scraps removed. whether it’s going into a dumpster to a landfill, or a truck to composting, is your choice.but the bottom line is that we NEED more composting facilities that accept and compost FOOD scraps nearby so that it doesn’t cost too much so that the choice to compost is an easy one.

The following are excerpts from John Jenkins’ “Humanure Handbook” regarding the term WASTE, a completely different, yet related rant.

“They are only ‘waste’ when we discard them. When recycled, they are resources.”

“We do not recycle waste. It’s a common semantic error to say that waste is, can be, or should be recycled. Resource materials arerecycled, but waste is never recycled. That’s why it’s called ‘waste.’ Waste is any material that is discarded and has no further use.”

“When a potato is peeled, the peels aren’t kitchen waste — they’re still potato peels. When they’re collected for composting, they are being recycled and no waste is produced. Composting professionals sometimes refer to recycled materials as ‘waste.’ Many of the people who are developing municipal composting programs came from the waste management field, a field in which refuse has always been termed ‘waste.’ Today, however, the use of the term ‘waste’ to describe recycled materials is an unpleasant semantic habit that must be abandoned. Otherwise, one could refer to leaves in the autumn as ‘tree waste,’ because they are no longer needed by the tree and are discarded. Yet, when one walks into the forest, where does one see waste? The answer is ‘nowhere,’ because the forest’s organic material is recycled naturally, and no waste is created.”

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Newspapers & Leaves are the Answer

Posted on 7th December 2012 in Uncategorized

Along with shredded junk mail and Starbucks coffee grounds.

What, you may ask, is the question? The question is “Where do I get enough ‘browns’ to layer into my winter compost?” Browns are the compost additives that aren’t “fresh” fruit and veggie scraps. They are the bits that cover up the fresh stuff so the critters can munch in comfort. Browns are the carbon source for your compost. The “fresh” stuff are the greens that are the nitrogen source for the compost. The nitrogen makes the compost HOT. The carbon additions are needed to balance the end result.

That being said, go get your neighbors’ leaves and stash them next to your compost bin. Stop off at Starbucks and ask inside for their used coffee grounds. You may also go directly to their dumpster and sling your kids in their to push out the bags of grounds. It’s always fun to watch the kids try to climb out! 😉 Actually I get the grounds out of the dumpster myself, usually by balancing my midriff on the edge of the dumpster.

Ask your neighbors with paper shredders to donate their shreds to your cause. It’s all good!

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Can I Compost in Winter?

Posted on 6th December 2012 in Uncategorized

You bet you can! Just keep on composting using the Lasagna Method, don’t worry about digging into your pile and turning it this winter. Though, if you DO dig around, you might be surprised to find that it’s not entirely frozen! Keep on composting! Even if it does freeze, in the late winter and early spring it will start warming up and breaking down again before you know it.

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Two Winter Tips

Posted on 6th December 2012 in Uncategorized

Real quick tips for you…

Display poinsettias away from heat sources or cold drafts. Keep soil consistently moist, but not soggy. Poinsettias that dry out droop dramatically and drop their flowers.

Don’t walk on frozen grass, especially if there is no snow cover. Without the protection of snow, grass blades are easily broken causing die-back in your lawn.

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All About Arboriculture…

Posted on 5th December 2012 in Uncategorized

Yay! The registration is FINALLY open for Arboriculture 101 through the CT Tree Protective Association!!! And I’m all signed up already! Whoot whoot! Time to learn more about the TREES! Tree Biology, Tree ID, Tree-Soil Relationships, Non-Parasitic Conditions of Trees, Introduction to Integrated Pest Management, Insects that Feed on Trees, Tree Law, Tree Regulations and Pesticide Safety, Diseases of Trees, Tree Conditions Lab, Safety Requirements Relating to Tree Care, Pruning, Cabling and Bracing, and Implementing an IPM Program. Whoo hoo! Super excited! Soon the Duck Truck will be better able to serve your TREE needs, in addtion to your COMPOST, GARDEN and LAWN needs!

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