Dirty, Rotten Tomatoes

I have been starting a compost pile/bin ever since last year; the operative word being starting. I thought about it in August after hosting Green Aware Fair. I thought about it in October after cleaning out my refrigerator and loading a grocery bag with old produce that eventually went into the trash. Since then, it has crossed my mind that I should “start that compost bin.” Well, earlier this week, I just couldn’t take it anymore.

Between the bananas that were rotting on the kitchen counter and the Roma tomatoes in our pantry transforming into something that makes for great science projects, I knew it was time for me to start that compost bin. My shame of throwing away food, although not edible, was coming to an end. There was “life” for it in a compost bin.


When you do cool and fun things, then everyone wants to be a part of the scene and help and it started, so helpers weren’t hard to find.

See. What did I tell you? I didn’t even have to ask them to help Canyon.

For now, our bin is a heavy duty Rubbermaid container until Honey-Fix-It can build this one http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=howTo&p=LawnGarden/compostBin.html that is more functional. He is working on a few other projects around the house (laying hard wood floors, painting bedrooms, just a few other things). We started with spreading already composted soil of our container. Do not use regular top/garden soil because the worms don’t thrive in that type of environment. They won’t die, but they won’t work in that soil and it just takes up space in your bin


These delicious looking salad accents were some of our rotten food bounty. Don’t stare too long because you’ll get grossed out and the memory of what you’re looking at may become forever ingrained in your brain. Don’t blame because I told you not to stare.

Some people are cautious about adding citrus to compost piles because they are acidic. I’ve read from others that the acid presented no problem. This time around, I’m feeling a little adventurous, so I’ll see how the compost turns out.

We began chanting, “pour the stuff in Canyon,” who methodically was placing every piece of our compost ingredients in the bin one piece at a time. He finally got the message and heeded our advice.


It is amazing how much kitchen waste the average household makes that could be tossed into a compost bin, furthering its lifespan and use, rather than tossing it into the trash, which eventually ends up cluttering our landfills.

red wigglers

We are going the vermicomposting route which uses red wigglers that who eat our waste and produce their own waste called castings (a.k.a. worm poop – appetizing), which is the compost we will eventually use in our garden. These little guys may be small, wiggly, ooey and gooey – I have issues to work through – but they sure pull their weight in contribution to the composting experience by cutting the composting time down because of their hard work.

red wigglers

I ain’t touching these worms for anything. If they work hard, produce much, then maybe I’ll pet them a little.


There they go into their new home full of old, rotten, icky looking food and a damp, dark space. Any of us would be offended by these accommodations. The worms absolutely love it. I think this is what we would call 5-star accommodations.

Home sweet home. It may not be a vase, but I added some flowers to brighten up the place.

We will give you updates later as the worms continue their work and we move the compost to its new home.

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