Compost Heaven

How to Use Your NatureMill Composter

Using the NatureMill Composter is very easy. There are a couple of easy rules to keep in mind, but with those in mind, you should have your compost up and running in no time.

The First Time You Use the NatureMill Composter

There a few extra steps the first time you use your NatureMill to get the bacteria culture all set.  See the instructions that come with your composter for details, but the general idea is:
  • Add some soil from your garden (to inoculate with bacteria).
  • Add some sawdust pellets that are included with your composter (to Add "brown" material to your kitchen waste.
  • Add some baking soda.
  • Add enough kitchen waste to fill the chamber, close it, and don't add anything else for 1 week.  This give the compost a chance to get started.
  • After this start-up time, you can add kitchen waste everyday, and your NatureMill will compost it.

Using the NatureMill Composter

Regular use of the NatureMill Composter

  • Like all compost, you must have a balance of "greens" and "browns".
  • Unlike other kitchen composting, the NatureMill Kitchen Composter is well suited to adding meat, chicken and fish.
  • Limit acidic foods like lemon and orange peels.
  • Most kitchen scraps are green.  You can add sawdust pellets for your brown matter, or try shredded paper from your office.
  • Periodically you will add 1TB of baking soda.
  • Cut your food into "thumb" sized chunks so that the composter can stir it easily.
  • Beware of fibrous foods like bananas, and celery which can clog the turning forks.
  • When you compost is dark and unrecognizable, push the "OK" button.  If the "wait" light comes on, you may need to wait up to 48 hours for the compost to finish (and you will need to store your food scraps during that time).  Otherwise the machine will empty the compost into the drawer below.  Please note:  you will need to wait 12-24 hours from the last time you added food for the compost to be ready to transfer.  This means that you will need to store your food items for that time.  You can transfer the finished compost to the bin below every 3-5 days.
  • Let the finished compost cure as long as possible.
  • Change the air filter every 4-5 years.
  • You do not need to clean the composter--in fact, cleaning the composter would disrupt the cultures.

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