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Frozen kitchen leftovers

Rick Larson


Joined: Aug 04, 2012
Posts: 210
Location: Manitowoc WI USA Zone 5
I decided to dump all my left over non-meat related meal leftovers in a covered barrel, here in zone 5 the ground is frozen, you know, to save it for next spring. Is there any problems or enhancements I should know about?


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S Bengi


Joined: Nov 29, 2012
Posts: 1019
Location: Massachusetts, Zone:6/7, AHS:4, Rainfall:48in even distribution
    
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Its better than sending it to the land fill. Watch for the critters because you will be attracting them to your delicious easy to get food.
As for myself, I have some worms indoor that eat their weight (half to full weight) in leftover everyday. How much trash do you generate per day on average.
http://whatcom.wsu.edu/ag/compost/redwormsedit.htm
http://www.vermifactory.com/item/VERMIHUT-3T-DG.html
Rick Larson


Joined: Aug 04, 2012
Posts: 210
Location: Manitowoc WI USA Zone 5
I'm not sure. Those worms sound inviting!
Saybian Morgan
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Joined: Apr 22, 2011
Posts: 580
Location: Lower Mainland British Columbia Canada Zone 8a/ Manchester Jamaica
    
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Rick is there not enough to start a compost heap? I don't know why but every winter I end up with a deep freeze of frozen crap that I thought was food. It's a pain getting the tempurature up to 110f in 4-6 days if you wanna go intensive, but it melts and heats up just dandy being all extra broken down from defrosting. Soo many balls of frozen cabbage and strange dead body's of things like the hawk that got electrocuted, or a mountain of frozen failed to incubate eggs.
John Polk
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Joined: Feb 20, 2011
Posts: 6463
Location: Moving to: NE Washington USDA zone 5 Western steppes to the Rockies
    
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Those worms sound inviting!


Worms provide one of the finest fertilizers known to man...as well as 'worm tea'.
Worms are also possibly the easiest 'livestock' you can raise: no fencing, predator worries, etc.

For the cold northern winters, they provide an 'in house' solution to kitchen waste + composting.
Once you get started, you'll wish you had more 'waste' to get rid of.

Rick Larson


Joined: Aug 04, 2012
Posts: 210
Location: Manitowoc WI USA Zone 5
Saybian Morgan wrote:Rick is there not enough to start a compost heap? I don't know why but every winter I end up with a deep freeze of frozen crap that I thought was food. It's a pain getting the tempurature up to 110f in 4-6 days if you wanna go intensive, but it melts and heats up just dandy being all extra broken down from defrosting. Soo many balls of frozen cabbage and strange dead body's of things like the hawk that got electrocuted, or a mountain of frozen failed to incubate eggs.


I think so, but then I am concerned about attracting rodents and such.
S Bengi


Joined: Nov 29, 2012
Posts: 1019
Location: Massachusetts, Zone:6/7, AHS:4, Rainfall:48in even distribution
    
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worm composting has 1000x the diversity in good oxygen loving microbes(think worm tea), whereas hot composting only has two types of bacteria(anarobic) and they are only found in the soil at low levels.
Rick Larson


Joined: Aug 04, 2012
Posts: 210
Location: Manitowoc WI USA Zone 5
S Bengi wrote:worm composting has 1000x the diversity in good oxygen loving microbes(think worm tea), whereas hot composting only has two types of bacteria(anarobic) and they are only found in the soil at low levels.


Aha! I have learned about anaerobic digestors in relationship to cow manure (I know how to build one even, but haven't). Thank you for the comparison, makes the decision to get some worms very easy!
 
 
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