The Backyard

The Backyard

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Composting the Chili Way I'm not fancy. But it certainly gives me a workout and creates the same nourishing, finished black-gold product. The latest Organic Gardening magazine has an advertisement for Garden Tools by Lee Valley . It pictures some nice tools to help with composting...but a comparison of some less-costly, Chili-riggin gadgets is in order:

-Stainless-Steel Compost Pail, 6 litres - $21.50
or Kitchen Compost Pail, 7 litres - $18.50
vs. Chili's never-used Tupperware Lettuce Crisper from cupboard - $0. (I can't remember what I paid about 20 years ago).

Compostable Bags for kitchen pails, roll of 25 - $7.50
vs. clean the container when empty - $0

"Composter Bracket Set" to build bins - $79.00 plus lumber costs
vs. Chili's pile in middle of field - $0

Compost barrel Turner (I must admit, these are nice for small, urban yards. ) - $179.00
vs. Chili's field - $0

20" compost Thermometer - $28.50
vs. stick hand in pile - if hot to the touch, it's cooking! Better yet, if its steamin, you don't need to stick your hand in the pile.

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