Don’t Start An Outdoor Compost Bin Mid-Winter

Posted on Mar 19 2010 - 5:53am by Mike Lieberman

I learned another lesson when making an outdoor compost bin – don’t start it in the middle of the winter.

Yea that seems to be pretty obvious and common sense now, but it wasn’t two months ago when I started. Due to the freezing weather, I haven’t been able to turn the compost at all because, well, it’s been frozen. That makes it kind of hard to turn.

Now that I’m moving out to LA, I’ll need to get rid of this compost. I’ll likely just dump it on the garden beds like I did the rest of the soil.

Looking back on the gardening mistakes that I’ve made, they all seem to be common sense. It’s good that I’ve made them though as it’s part of the learning process.

4 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Doug Robertson March 20, 2010 at 8:03 am -

    That can't be good, the freezing. Intentions are admirable, though, as are lessons learned. Particularly you as a teacher for the rest of us.

  2. Mike Lieberman March 21, 2010 at 1:22 pm -

    Good or bad, not really sure, but it definitely delayed the decomposition for a few months.

  3. Polish Mama on the Prairie February 2, 2011 at 7:32 pm -

    That’s funny! If it makes you feel better, I would daily dump my coffee grind behind a bush I had outside my house (it was some tropical kind that likes a lot of leef, plant litter, mulch, etc.) instead of using a mulch pile. Then, I figured, coffee filter too! Why not? Till my hubby came home one day with a grocery store bag full of coffee filter and complained that a neighbor must have been playing a nasty trick on us. Oops! That was me! He said you could actually see it from the road, which I didn’t realize.

  4. Mike Lieberman February 3, 2011 at 3:34 am -

    Hahaha. Best story….ever.

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