I found this article in the Wakefield News Letter,
It was signed only " An Obsessive Composter"
So I thought I would share it!
Insights of an obsessive composter.
With this great Indian summer weather you have one last chance to winterize your
compost. “Winterize the garden” you say “but winterize the compost???”.
Yup! I have 2 compost bins full from almost 12 months of kitchen waste.
So the 2 black boxes are full. And after the heavy heating/cooking of the stuff over the
summer, the heat is down a bit and the worms have moved in to do the final converting.
So if you leave your compost boxes as is, over the winter, there are three problems.
1 – Where do you put your kitchen waste over the next 5 months?
2 – These compost-box-size ice blocks will not thaw out until the end of May at the
3 - And all those nice worms working your warm compost will go and hibernate for the
So let’s winterize our compost. I empty my 2 compost bins in a big pile. Break up any
lumps (Put on elbow high rubber gloves and mix the stuff by hand to make sure it is well
mixed up.) Get lots of dry leaves. 6 well packed garbage containers of leaves, were
dumped on top of my mixed compost pile. Then take a tarp ( no holes please) and cover
the whole shebang, anchoring down the edges so that the tarp stays tight on your dry
leaves, warm compost and active worms ...all winter.
When the first snow comes, pile some of the white stuff on top of the tarp for even more
When spring comes take the tarp and leaves off. Your compost is at least 25% more
composted, than when you last will have seen it, more worm casings and its easy to mix
into your garden a month ahead of that block of ice you might have had.It took me about
an hour for the whole process. And my black boxes are all ready for the start of the
An obsessive composter.