Winter Composting Tips

Winter Composting Tips

Winter Composting Tips

Winter composting.jpgWith winter in full-swing, that does not mean you need to quit composting. Composting in the winter and cold temperatures is still possible with these helpful tips:

  • Keep your composter in the sun as much as possible. This is probably the same place you have had it all summer, but with the angle of the sun changing as it does during the winter, you may need to take another look and adjust the placement of your Lifetime Composter.
  • For winter composting, keeping your compost a little on the dry side may also help. This can be achieved by modifying your typical brown versus green ratios to a little more heavy on brown.
  • Moisture in the compost mix is necessary but too much will freeze and slow down the helpful composting bacteria, or put these bacteria into hibernation. So, a touch dryer during the winter is better.
  • Mass: Winter composting happens more effectively when you have more compost material in your Lifetime Composter. The bigger the mass the more heat that is generated and retained to keep those bacteria going. Since you probably won’t be using your compost until spring, building up the compost material mass should be fairly easy.

What types of things can you compost during the winter? The same stuff you do during the summer!  However, since we typically generate a lot of trash during the winter because of the holidays, remember a majority of your holiday trash can actually be saved to make great compost. Here is a list of items you’ll probably have laying around this time of year that provide lots of great compost material that you can easily add to your Lifetime Composter.


DO put in your composter:

  • Wrapping paper - Use only non-foil, non-glossy papers.  Be sure to remove any ribbons and tape.   Tear or shred paper then add it to your composter gradually to maintain a good green/brown balance.  (Paper is considered a brown material.)
  • Empty wrapping paper tubes
  • Tissue paper
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Hanging price tags - remove the plastic tabs first
  • Christmas dinner table scraps – do not add animal fats, gravy, meats, cheeses, or bones to your composter
  • Napkins
  • Paper plates

Don't put in your composter:

  • Foil, glossy, or metallic wrapping papers
  • Ribbons and bows
  • Evergreen garland and wreaths
  • Christmas trees

Evergreen garlands, wreaths, and Christmas trees all contain chemicals in the needles which kill the bacteria necessary for the composting process in a compost tumbler.

Be patient with your winter composting. The composting process happens more slowly with less heat. Also, don’t forget to rotate your Lifetime Composter at least twice a week to keep it aerated. This might not be something you look forward to when it is cold outside, but just think about the beautiful garden your effort will create in the springtime.

Darrin

Darrin

Name- Darrin 

Position at Lifetime Products- Product Marketing Manger – Lawn & Garden

How long at Lifetime Products- Since 2006

Topics I blog about- Gardening, Backyard & Garden organization, Home Organization, Garage Organization, Community/Service Projects. 

My favorite products from Lifetime-  Do I have to say sheds 

Read all posts by Darrin

Be the First to comment






Incorrect please try again
  • Get a new challenge
  • Get an audio challenge
  • Get a visual challenge
  • Help
Enter the words above: Enter the numbers you hear:

Nothing to report... Please be patient as it may take a few minutes to publish. Your comment will not publish right away because this blog is moderated.

 
  • Random
  • Popular
  • Recent
Hang on! Let's Go 4-Wheeling with Our Yard Cart!
Good friends help friends in need. We had friends who needed to spread 13 yards of dirt on their lawn, so we loaned them our Lifetime Yard Cart to help make their work easier. What? Did you think I was going to say I offered to actually help spread the dirt? Hey, I said we were good friends, not great friends! (Just kidding. Marc Jenna, we love you guys!) Truth be told, the Lifetime Yard Cart was practically screaming for Marc and Jenna to borrow it. Why? Because Marc and Jenna live on an acre lot AND they own a 4-wheeler that can pull the Yard Cart in the trailer mode. This is the kind of dream job the Lifetime Yard Cart was built for. The measly six yards of compost that we spread on our yard by pushing the Yard Cart like a wheelbarrow was mere childs play compared the massive job that Marc and Jenna were going to tackle....
Prepare for Autumn! Get a Lifetime Garden Frost Cover For $10 Off The Regular Price
You asked for it, you got it. Now you can buy our handy Lifetime Garden Frost Cover separately on our online store. Usethis early start enclosure coveralone or in combination with the Lifetime Raised Garden Bed. Wesell a few different models for our raised garden bed kits and some of them don't have a cover for every bed in the kit (for gardeners who prefer to double stack the beds). Selling thegardencover separatelyprovidesyou with more versatility and options in arranging your garden beds. This handy vinyl enclosure keeps your plants protected from wind, pests, and thedangerous frostduring early autumn and late spring. Zippable opening allows you to open the enclosure on sunny days andlet thebees and butterfliesinside fornecessary pollination. The early start enclosure cover is 14.5" x 14.5" so it can cover several plants...
Paddling Vacations
These days, taking a family on a vacation is no easy feat. Not financially and not logistically. It requires money, planning, and time! But it is totally worth it! Times are changing and so are vacation options. You dont need to go to Disney Land to have a great family experience. Why not plan a vacation around kayaking? Almost anywhere there is water, there is someone who rents kayaks. But, if you have your own, that is great! There are so many great paddling destinations in the United States it would take forever to list them all. The best part about a kayaking vacation is that you often get to experience a new place or situation that so many others dont get to! Kayaking out to a secret cove, or down a calm moving river in a desolate canyon are all great ways to bond with your friends and family, get exercise and have a fa...