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Hi, my name is Kolleen and here is a little about how this composting thing got started:

A few years ago I opened my first Esty shop, SunsetSideVintage. That shop was born out of my love to cook and recycle and searching high and low for really sturdy cooking gadgets - kind of like the ones my grandma gave me when I went away to college.

Well, this shop was born out of my love for cooking as well. How, you might ask? Here’s how:

I love to cook... Those 4 little words really sum it up. I wake up every morning thinking about what I am going to make next. I love swapping recipes, modifying them to death, reading cookbooks and cooking magazines, and going to Farmer's Markets and planning a meal on what I buy exclusively that day. My husband and I garden and take trips to Farmer's Markets for fun (o.k. he is a gardener so it…

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  • Joined February 24, 2010

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Hi, my name is Kolleen and here is a little about how this composting thing got started:

A few years ago I opened my first Esty shop, SunsetSideVintage. That shop was born out of my love to cook and recycle and searching high and low for really sturdy cooking gadgets - kind of like the ones my grandma gave me when I went away to college.

Well, this shop was born out of my love for cooking as well. How, you might ask? Here’s how:

I love to cook... Those 4 little words really sum it up. I wake up every morning thinking about what I am going to make next. I love swapping recipes, modifying them to death, reading cookbooks and cooking magazines, and going to Farmer's Markets and planning a meal on what I buy exclusively that day. My husband and I garden and take trips to Farmer's Markets for fun (o.k. he is a gardener so it makes sense).

Here is the background:
Way back when (o.k., not that far back!) I met this Horticulture guy at college… Fast forward to a few years later and we got married. One of the first things this nutty guy said to me when we bought our first house was ‘I want to put a compost pile in our backyard’. A WHAT??? But, I couldn’t deny this guy much of anything so our pile of ‘crap’ was born…

I soon realized the joy that went with not throwing all of those useful kitchen scraps in the garbage or down the garbage disposal (that was my tree hugger side). Then, I realized how much better our plants looked and how much bigger and lovelier our herbs and veggies were when compost made from our yard waste and kitchen scraps was added to our very sandy soil or pots (that was my ever-present practical side). WOW! I was sold!!

Fast forward to now. We are on our 2nd compost pile. We even planned an entire garden around this one! A few years ago, my brother-in-law who is a builder and fantastic wood worker ‘gave’ us a compost sifter someone he knew threw together. Before then we were literally sifting by hand – yikes! Now, we don’t know what we would do without it. We LOVE our compost sifter and it makes the job of getting that lovely ‘Black Gold’ out of our pile so much easier. But, our sifter is not that pretty – it is on the fairly crude side and that is being generous. So, we designed and built these lovely sifters as much for function and sturdiness as for ease of use and storage.

I also love love love my kitchen composter and use it daily. So, my adoration for vintage (that’s SunsetSideVintage talking) and my belief in recycling/upcycling got me started on converting stray vintage canisters into kitchen composters. Because, let’s face it, kitchen scraps don’t need to be nasty and smelly in your kitchen before they hit the pile!

So, this is really a collaborative effort and one that we all wholeheartedly believe in. The goal is to help you take composting from the kitchen to your yard, deck, terrace, or where ever you compost. Composting is so much easier than most think and I am willing to share knowledge and ideas with anyone who is interested in learning how to make nutrient-rich compost from yard waste and kitchen scraps. Check below for some of the items we add to our pile.

So, Compost With ME – It truly will become an addiction you won’t need an intervention for!

THINGS WE COMPOST (not an exhaustive list by any means):
► Fruit and Vegetable Scraps (banana peels, apple cores, onion peels, melon rinds, corn cobs, and the list goes on and on and on…)
► Fruit and Vegetables Past Their Prime
► Coffee Grounds
► Egg Shells
► Napkins & Paper Towel (without any meat or grease on them, of course)
► Paper Board Containers (such as oatmeal containers and even cereal boxes or any cardboard container that you don’t recycle)
► Popsicle Sticks (the wooden kind) When We Have Finished Our Frozen Treat :)
► Leaves From the Yard
► House Plant Trimmings
► Any Plant (indoor or outdoor) That Is No Longer Alive or Has ‘Met It’s Maker’
► Twigs about 1/2 Inch in Diameter or Less (not too big or they will have a hard time breaking down and may be a guest in your pile for awhile)
► Ornamental Grasses or Perennials That We Cut Down During Spring or Fall Cleanups
► Annuals or Any Potted Annual That Has Reached It’s Expiration Date
► Water When Nature Doesn’t Give Us Much During the Warm Season (yes, we water it like a plant sometimes)
► A Bit Of Time and Energy – We Turn Our Pile At Least a Couple of Times Per Year and Harvest (especially during planting season)

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