I do realize that composting with red wigglers is most definitely not for everyone. However, there are alternatives to setting up a worm composting bin.
After my worm composting experience went sour, the thought of having all my food scraps put in a landfill was unappealing and not an option for me. So, I had to find a solution fast! Mentioning worm composting to my husband again probably would have ended in a divorce.
I was lucky enough to have found a company while living in Wichita, Kansas that composted food waste as well as brush, tree limbs, etc. I was actually pleasantly surprised when the staff informed me that the Walmart and Sam’s club in the area brought all their unsold produce to them to compost. What? Walmart? I am not a Walmart fan, but the thought of them composting made me smile that day!
Now living in Pennsylvania, we found a local farmer that agreed to take our compost weekly. Win win for everyone. Every week we head off to the farmers market to visit farmer Dave, where we exchange our full bin of composting for an empty one to fill for the following week.
Farmer Dave, either feeds the kitchen scraps to his chickens or composts it into a rich, nutritious fertilizer. We do not put any meat, fish, poultry or oils, therefore its a safe feed for his chickens.
Alternatives to worm composting:
Find a Local Farmer
Most farmers would probably be open to a compost exchange program, seeing as it could potentially be feed for their chickens or a healthy fertilizer for their fruits, veggies and plants. All you have to do is put your food scraps in a closed bin in the fridge and transport it to the farm or the farmers market once a week or every two weeks. There have been no problems with the scraps stinking up the joint at our place.
Find a Company that will Compost for You
I am sure there are a few other companies that compost. All you have to do is take the time to look and you could be on your way to composting without worms!
Compost in your backyard
You can either compost right beside your garden or in a wooden or plastic enclosed bin. However, in the winter the temperature cools down which slows down the oxidation rate, that is if you live in a cold climate.
So, the easiest way to compost during the winter is to fill your bin with your kitchen scraps and wait for the spring for it to start decomposing at a faster rate. The center of the compost pile will decompose slowly, because the center is where the heat is.This might not sound like a lot of fun, but at least you saved some space in a landfill.
As you can see, there are a few different routes to take when it comes to composting.
Which route will you take? And of course, the planet will thank you no matter which you choose.
Learn more about composting and gardening:
- 5 Ways to Conserve Water While Gardening
- How to Compost with Red Wigglers
- How to Grow the Best Dinosaur Kale
- Composting 101
- 10 Things You Never Thought to Compost
- How to Grow an Organic Sunflower