Friday, February 11, 2011

My Latest Idea...

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Howdy! Sorry I've been slightly MIA lately -- I've been dedicating most of myself to the theater. So, with a little time on my hands this Friday evening, I thought I'd share with you an idea I happened upon today. Some of you may already know about it and others may think is nuts.

Composting, inside the house.

While I'm still planning on amending my summertime composting fiasco (can we say "too much rain"?), I would like to prove to myself that I can compost. There are several reasons that I like the idea of composting, no, NEED to know how to compost. a) It'll cut down on our waste, hence lessen our footprint; b) I've got some major garden planning going on in this ol' brain and nutrient-rich compost will definitely be a plus; c) I get down on myself if I don't keep try-try-trying when I fail; d) I want our kids to know how to compost someday, so why don't we get into the habit of it now? Another reason to learn more specifically about composting inside is that I'll be able to do it 365 days a year. Man, it's a bummer looking out at the snow-covered bump in the backyard.

So, there are a few types of inside composting, but I'm thinking of focusing on the one that seems to be the least smelly and, well, the coolest. It's called vermi-composting, which reminds me of vermicelli...and makes me wonder if "vermi" means worm (wormy pasta?!). Yes, it uses wormies. Red wiggler worms. Isn't that cute?!?! We get new pets (um, a thousand or so) out of it. Hee hee.

I learned how to start a vermi-compost bin from, of all places, a Martha Stewart interview with David Hyde Pierce from a few years back. Here's a link to the article and the 10+ minute-long interview. (Another plus to the interview: Dave and I LOVE David Hyde Pierce, saw him in the show that he's talking about ("Curtains"), and I happen to adore "Spamalot". It's also fun to see how sooooo not into composting he seems, tee hee.)

http://www.marthastewart.com/article/vermi-composting

I'll have to get together enough supplies before even ordering the worms since a lot of the reviews say that they arrive pretty quickly -- and if I'm not ready for them, they may not be very happy lil' guys.

So, keep an eye out for a follow-up post on how I start composting -- inside! I foresee a mid-winter break project...

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