Sunday, April 10, 2016

Easy composting using an Envirocycle

Nearly 20 years ago I purchased an Envirocycle composter and have used it continuously ever since.  This elegant and simple to use device has been around for over 25 years and is made in America from recycled plastic and shipped in packaging made from 100% recycled materials.  

I put kitchen scraps in it every week or so and occasionally add dry materials as needed such as sawdust or leaves in the fall.  Every week or so I rotate the barrel 3 full rotations, this mixes the contents and accelerates the composting process.  When everything is in balance, there is little to no smell and I leave the unit off the side of the front porch where it is easy to rotate.  The black drum warms up in the sun which also enhances the composting.  Liquids drain through into the liquid collecting base that can store up to a gallon of compost tea.  In the spring and fall I drain this tea into a 5 gallon bucket and then dilute it about 10:1 and use it to fertilize my blueberry bushes and raised vegetable beds.  When I want to use the compost, I simply roll the barrel across the garden to where I need to empty it and then shovel the compost directly onto the vegetable bed or locations where it will be applied.
adding fresh kitchen scraps
Draining the compost tea from the base
diluted compost tea on the left