Since it doesn’t look like I’ll be doing any outdoor gardening for a while, it’s about time I finally talked about the results I got with the composter I was testing over the summer.
Gardening hiatus brought to you by New England weather:
I was not prepared for the snow or the power-outages it caused, but it sure does look pretty.
Before things got bitter cold, I got outside, opened the door of the Toter composter, and this is what I saw:
Where’s the compost?
I followed the 8-step directions that came with the composter – layering brown (dry leaves) with half as much green (vegetable scraps), along with some water and let it sit in my driveway for about 4-6 weeks, then gave it a turn. After another few weeks, nothing had come of it, but I added another 2 layers, moistened, let it sit again, then turned.
As you can see in the photo, I didn’t get much (any) compost to use in my garden this year. I’ve recently visited the Toter Composter site and am going to review the videos, notes and suggestions about the product there. I just wish I had visited their website and used that resource much sooner.
This composter is really nice – solid, sturdy, secure, with latches that prevent animals from getting in. A heavy, mobile bin like this is necessary when you have to worry about animals, winds, and weather. I’m not giving up.
Until the snow is gone, this review is “to be continued”.
Have you ever used a stand-alone composter like this? I’d love to hear about your results or composting methods.