Sunday, February 17, 2008

What's next to YOUR sink?

Meg and Kelly at Future House Farm posted a blog a couple weeks ago about what is IN their sink and what it means. I've been noticing lately what's NEXT to mine.

Here you'll see a of couple wine glasses from last night (no further comment necessary), the rinsed out blender from my husband's daily protein drinks and...the beginnings of my compost pile:

I'm in awe of my collection of compostables so far. With the lids on, the contents are already starting to do amazing things inside...getting all moist and steamy and smelly. Jim, on the other hand, is starting to get a bit eeked out by my fascination with our growing collection of biodegradable food scraps on our countertop.

You see, there was peace in our home when it was just one container. However, I've been promising to stake out and start our first-ever compost pile for weeks now. And while my intention to do this remains steadfast - it is still undone. In my defense, though, I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I just have so many GREAT IDEAS and PROJECT THOUGHTS constantly coursing through my head. And that there are just not enough hours in a day to get to them all. But, now that the compost container quantity inside our home has reached three, and I am now in need of a fourth, I either need to start hiding my containers or this project needs to move to the top of the list.

I'll keep you posted.


  1. Oh I like that idea except half the time I have way too much stuff around my sink!!! Yours looks so neat and organized. Just an idea but I keep my composting in a plastic bag on a hook under my sink. It works for me!

  2. We have a 5 gallon bucket with a lid for compost that used to live under our sink. It lives next to the trash can now. The hardest part of getting the compost down was teaching the girls what goes in and what doesn't. It's a pleasure to hear my 3 yr old tell her Dad "That goes in the compost Daddy."

  3. First of all, I have to tell you that the goatmother would probably kill for that little red truck on your sink. :)
    As for composting...the goatmother has a really nifty little stainless can with a lid that has a charcoal filter. They also come in some sort of ceramic. They look very nice sitting on your counter top and no one is the wiser. I, myself, have seen them, I believe, in Gardener's Supply catalogs. I'm sure there are other places out there. And just an aside, goat 'berries' make excellent fertilizer. :)

  4. I have a real problem with composting. Besides the fact that in our house leftovers are rare, if we end up with any kind of scraps it all goes to our chickens, llamas, goat or dog.

    So far the only thing in our compost pile is chicken manure, goat berries, and llama beans! hehe

  5. I love it! Empty wine glasses are a common fixture next to our sink, too. Yum.

    Nice compost junk!

  6. Your kitchen looks nice, and the GREEN outside the window makes me jealous!!
    We have a compost pile, too, but I just dump it,not sort it. We have a nice big earthen pitcher next to the sink for our compost.

  7. you can see our sink on my Jan. 2nd post ;-)

  8. Protein drink? Check.
    Wine glasses? Check.
    Assorted compost? Double check.

    All I need is a toy fire engine and I will have perfectly created your sink scene here in Maine. Great minds?

  9. We call it the chicken bowl. Not much left to compost after the pigs get all the fruit and vegetable scraps and the chickens get the rest. We aren't big meat eaters so not a lot of that in there.
    Our compost is pure poo. Llama and goat.
    But I do have the empty wine glasses.

  10. My project list is too long and my motivation too short ;) I have one of those containers with the charcoal filter in the lid. I got it from Gardener's Supply, but the worms get most of our food waste now.

  11. I use an inexpensive one gallon plastic container that has a lid to collect my kitchen scraps for transport out to my compost pile. Works great. When I first started learning about composting several years ago, I checked a very good book out of my local small town library called "Let it Rot" authored by Stu Campbell. Amazon has it. It really helped me get started with the composting basics.

    I love your blog! I look forward to each of your posts.

  12. Yeah, I have a 3 gallon bucket sitting on my counter full of compost scraps. Not very pretty... but it works well!!


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