Our summer garden did remarkably well, especially for being organic. I knew, being pregnant, I didn't want to mess with any kinds of chemicals or pesticides that weren't natural. Our okra is taking off in this extreme Texas heat, but everything else is definitely end-of-season quality. It was a very satisfying experience though, for our whole family!
Now it's time to start planning our fall garden. I don't have big plans, but I do know I want to plant carrots, lettuce, and snap peas. I have big concerns that the soil has been depleted of the valuable minerals and nutrients that are needed to sustain a fall garden. We received a Toter composter at no charge to review and in July, we began piling it up with compostable items, and the compost is beginning to be ready! How exciting can turning old yucky stuff into nutrient rich compost for our garden?!
I have looked at a lot of composters and have been very satisfied with the Toter composter. It came with an indoor collection bucket that has been oh so helpful so we don't have to have an open container in the kitchen. It is also a great reminder to think before we throw things in the trash. Can this be composted? I wasn't sure, so I did a little research! Here's a list of things you can throw into your Toter composter:
- fruits and veggies, of course
- coffee grounds AND filters
- toilet paper and paper towel rolls
- tea bags (remove the staples if there are any!)
- paper napkins or paper towels
- wood chips
- cardboard, ripped into small pieces
- cut grass
- paper bags, ripped into small pieces
- paper egg cartons
- pine needles
- hair – human or pet hair
- paper muffin cups
- facial tissues
- bamboo or wood skewers
- cotton balls
- old cotton clothes
- wood ashes
- pencil shavings
- the stuff you clean out of your vacuum cleaner!
- crepe paper
- egg shells
- garden soil
- latex balloons
- corn cobs
- soy products
- peat moss
- tree bark
- cotton swabs
- citrus waste
- potato chips
- nut shells
The list really goes on and on and on. Toter recommends not adding these things to your compost pile: meat, bones, fats, oils, dairy products, diseased plant material, feces from cats, dogs, birds, pigs, and humans. Some suggest adding urine to your compost pile to speed up the process, but well, that's up to you! I'm not sure I'm on board with that one yet.
The Toter composter is SO easy to use. Simply follow the guidelines on the lid, fill up your kitchen collection bucket, and check on your composter every few days. It really doesn't require much work at all.
The Toter composter looks like a regular dumpster on wheels. BUT it's what's on the inside that works. There is a handle and "stirrer" that mixes up the compost.
Then, the finished compost falls through the grate into the loading chamber, ready to use in your garden! Just open the door at the bottom and use what you need, all while more compost is forming in the top of the composter. This video shows exactly what happens in the Toter:
Benefits of the Toter Composter:
- self contained system that requires no setup
- aerates compost from within
- finished compost falls through the loading chamber into the holding chamber just by turning the brush handle
- made with up to 50% recycled content
- BPA free
- polyethylene construction
- wood slat design
- latched lid keeps animals (and rain) out
- 2 year warranty
Are you an avid composter? Have any tips to share with me?
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