I took a lot of pictures with my daughter’s camera as I “unboxed” the composter, but apparently when I thought her camera was taking the picture, it was just focusing. So I don’t have as many pictures as I would like. I wanted to show you that it had an insert that fit into the bottom of the composter, allowing for a couple of inches at the bottom where liquid–what Algreen calls compost tea–can collect. You can draw this liquid out into a container by use of a drain, which is circled in my photo.
On our large, rural property, we generate a lot more plant and food waste than this 45 gallon composter can hold. But I thought the Terra Composter would be handy during the winter, set up by the back door, where we could deposit our food scraps without donning boots and avoid schlepping a bucket full of food waste through the snow. I suppose we could use shredded bank statements for the “brown,” though I don’t expect much composting to happen in the winter.
So here are some questions I’d like to see answered:
- Will it really keep out rodents? You’d be amazed what a rat can chew through, or the size hole a vole or mouse can slip through.
- Will poking a sturdy twig into all the air holes be sufficient to provide oxygen for the composting process?
- Can it really hold up to freezing and thawing with moist plant waste inside?
- How long will it take the residents of Purdyville to fill it up?
Stay tuned. I’ll let you know after snow melt how it held up.