Composting Project Update: It Froze!

Composting Project Update: It Froze!

Landis Carey
Jan 25, 2011

Just after Thanksgiving I ordered a compost tumbler and chatted-up my intention to fill it through the holidays and winter in Begin a New Routine This Holiday Season: Composting. Everything was going well—I was adding equal parts brown and green matter, just as the instructions advised—until this week when my compost froze...

I hadn't thought about it, but now that I have, my compost freezing seems absolutely obvious. (Please no comments about my lack of foresight. Thanks!)

So, I called Envirocycle just to be told this is completely normal (duh on me!) and to hang tight. I was advised to not tumble the unit, which is how I discovered it was frozen to begin with—tumbling the unit nearly knocked me to the ground.

I learned three things from the Envirocycle representative: the center of the compost is warm and is still decomposing; I can continue to add food scraps and leaves; the compost's frozen state would actually help decompose the matter faster once warmer weather arrives.

The adventure continues with more updates to come.

If you have experience with frozen compost, please chime in. Tell us your story below!

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