Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Snowy Compost

How about this sign we found at a local store!?! Should buy that one for sure.


And while I'm on the topic here's what one of my composters looked like this morning after a lot of snow!! We are still composting over the winter. At least until both of our containers are full. Then we may switch over to the city's composting/wet waste service.


So what happens in the compost with all this cold and snow? Well not much really depending on the size but when the temperature gets above freezing (as it's expected to a few times this week) things start happening and the internal temperature of the compost heats up again. If it's a larger compost or it's well insulated they have been known to stay at or above 100 degrees F all winter! Even when the temperatures are well below freezing. So don't be discouraged, keep filling those composters up!

And this is the pile of snow between us and our neighbors. I'm glad we have as much room as we do. I'm imagining many other homes close by that won't have anywhere to put all this snow!


One of the great things about a big snow fall is that everyone comes outside. For just a little while all our neighbors were out at the same time shoveling their driveways. And once again my neighbor to the east of us was a hero on our street. He has a snow blower and helped everyone out by removing what the plows left at the end of everyone's driveways. You can see him at work below. Thanks again Rohan!!

14 comments:

Kiwifruit 12/24/2008 2:13 PM  

Whoa. And you do most of that by hand? I guess I shouldn't grumble so much about what we've gotten. That's a lot of snow.
~Kiwifruit

downherefan 12/24/2008 4:15 PM  

Wow, that's A LOT of snow!! And I thought our few inches was bad... but then we've had freezing rain on top which makes it really yucky!

Kiwifruit 12/24/2008 9:48 PM  

By the way, have a great Christmas at home with your family!
~Kiwifruit

kathryn 12/25/2008 11:53 PM  

in winter i just put all my compostables in the green bin. I can't be bothered to shovel out a pathway to the composter in the back of the yard.. . my composter was half full when i last added to it. . so that'll do for now! I love the green bin program and the extra items it takes (meats and such) Yeah, its great to have neighbours with snow blowers. Sometimes our neighbours come and help us out. . sometimes not. . as you know we have that corner lot, so its a HUGE pain to shovel it all. . . we NEED a snowblower and we're gonna get one!

IndigoLight516,  12/26/2008 4:03 AM  

Holy Cow!

So do you guys then play on these snow dunes in dune buggies? Cuz I totally would....

I live in the Willamette Valley, in H2Oregon, where it hardly EVER snows. During this audaciously dreadful atmospheric misbehaviour, the Portland area hit an all-time record of 16 1/2" for this time of year. This has been more than enough to make ME whine and complain! Here, the snow made all the neighbours go IN! I have discovered something about myself in all of this, though: I drive really well on snow and ice, even without chains! :D

But I'm still a California girl. Give me sand and a nice, dry 125 degrees in the shade and I'll be a happy camper! :) :) :)

Kristin 12/26/2008 12:52 PM  

I was so excited to go to my blog today and see that you had commented on it! Your music is awesome and I just had to put it out there for others to hear....even if only about 5 people actually visit my blog! LOL

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas,
Kristin from TX

Anonymous,  12/27/2008 6:41 AM  

Hey is that RED Green in that first Photo, oh no it is LAV Green

LOL

Guess who dude

Anonymous,  12/27/2008 6:43 AM  

pumpkin man and snowmen they are all the same

Now I am really LOL

ajyouthguy 12/31/2008 1:32 AM  

hey...thank you, seriously, for commenting on my blog. i love when stuff like that happens, it makes you guys as bands, etc, much more relatable and 'real.' i appreciate you, and your band, and a lot of people like you, for all you do for those of us trying our darndest to follow Christ, especially those of us in youth ministry work.:) thanks, again, maybe someday our paths will cross. you guys are one of the few bands i've not gotten to see that i'd really like to.

Owan 1/01/2009 3:17 PM  

If only we (my family and I) had a neighbor like that! :D Then again, we don't get quite that much snow. WI winters, yay! :D

Interesting compost facts. A hundred degrees?! *gawks* That sounds perfectly logical...but still gawk-worthy. :P

*finds the trespassers sign to be amusing*

Um, so, yes. Have a great rest-of-the-day!

IndigoLight516,  1/06/2009 2:07 PM  

K, so I got to thinking about the hundred-degree compost deal (a thing which I am very green about): if people stored their compost under their houses (and vented the gases elsewhere, through a pipe or something), would it help with the cost of heating their homes through the winter?

But then I guess it would have to be mobile, as it should not stay there through the summer. And it's in some sort of a compost machine, isn't it?

It still seems like something that could work, though, with a little ingenuity.

-Robin (from ShoutLife)

glennlavender 1/07/2009 12:45 AM  

Some people use compost to keep their plants warmer in greenhouses over the winter so it would seem like that would be a possibility. We just need to channel our waste don't we!!

The 100F+ in the winter isn't a temperature you'll reach in a typical backyard compost. My understanding is that it would need to be at least 4 feet by 4 feet. Some sort of insulation helps, straw bales or something like that. Then the contents are very important too. One with manure of some sort will definitely help achieve these temperatures. I think I'll work on it for next year and report back to my blog about it!

IndigoLight516,  1/08/2009 4:57 PM  

Cool!

Just remember, if you end up making money from this, I get half! ;)

-Robin

IndigoLight516,  1/08/2009 5:01 PM  

...and if your house burns down, it's not my fault.

:)

-Robin

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