Composter update – too good a story not to share

5 Dec 2010

Well, as you know from past posts, my family has been composting and, candidly, the biggest challenges have been twofold: (1) keeping the raccoons out of the many doors that my composter has; and (2) finding an acceptable container to keep kitchen scraps in. 

As to the second point, right now, we’re using a large clear plastic container that previously held Halloween treats with a resealable lid.  The problems of course are that you can see stuff decomposing in there and that you can smell it a bit – particularly when you open the lid to put more in.  I’ve done a little on-line shopping but haven’t found a container I like (or more importantly my wife likes) yet.   If you have any suggestions, post them in the comments and thanks! 

As to the first point, here, the joke’s on me.  Ive taped and barricaded the doors but somehow the critters keep getting into one door in particular (why they don’t just pick the whole thing up, I don’t know).  Just before Halloween, my family and I were carving our jack o’ lanterns one night and I got the honor of taking the “guts” to dump them in the composter.  Well, we have it located in a dark part of our backyard and so I took a flashlight, hit the latch and what should I see curled up in there among the compost? A good sized opossom.  I didn’t drop either the guts or the flashlight and I didn’t scream but I am sure I jumped back a good three or four feet.  Suffice it to say, I closed the lid and came back in the morning, when he was gone. 

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  1. Joel Ungar 06. Dec, 2010 at 11:49 am #

    I wish I had been there to see that!

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