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We use a stainless steel canister that has a good fitting lid. Mary, I'm sure I'd have broken a crock by now!! emoticon emoticon

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I also have a ceramic crock from World Market. I have had it for about 2 years and it works great, also great with the smell.

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In my kitchen, I use a stainless steel bowl and empty daily into the outside bin...but I like that stainless trash can with the filters.

Outside I had a single pile last year, contained with hardware cloth and fence poles. It was too hard to turn it over - so it is just very slowly decomposing.

I want to find an EASY way to convert to a 3-bin system - without building some elaborate wooden thing. I was thinking about using metal fence posts - but need ideas for the dividers between the sections. Any thoughts???

I think the concept is you fill one of the end bins with your compost materials, and every so often - you turn it into the middle bin to aerate and mix. Then you toss it back into the first bin & repeat. When it is ready - that becomes your finished pile, and you start a new one in the bin on the other end.



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I'm definately motivated by all these posts...As i've always been interested in making a compost heap....I'll have to get a plastic drum to use....so it won't be unsightly...great info!! emoticon emoticon

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I spent the cooler part of the morning loading up bricks I got from Free Cycle some of which I used to line some of the garden in the front yard. The remainders I am thinking about using to make a flat for my compost, just to raise it just a bit. Or if nothing else to create a cute border adjacent to it. I am wondering if anyone knows whether you can paint bricks or because of their porous nature whether it is a waste of time. These are not the pretty red bricks but that plain kinda beigy ones. I am experimenting with all kinds of things and my next door neighbor says I am already causing a "stir" in the neighborhood as people are wondering what I am doing! emoticon

I am doing this just like I create my art : in layers sometimes backwards, with no logic seemingly to other people, but logical to me...

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I've composted pizza boxes. Most of the inks are soy-based. I've also used cardboard between rows and as bottom layers in "lasagna" style gardening (seems appropriate, no??). I've also fed my (ill-fated) worm bin pizza cardboard. Worms liked it! Although they did request beer....

Sometimes I store up some cardboard to put at the bottom of a pile. While dairy and meat stuff will attract more pests, I compost them fairly often (in the two bins in the hen yard). The hens LOVE dairy products as well as meat. Although I am not a carnivore, I sometimes have guests who bring meat over. The hens are in heaven. They will even eat.....dare I say it?....chicken. emoticon

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keep in mind, all of the extra grease and stuck on toppings may attract critters

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Excellent to know! I don't order pizza often, but I can feel the idea of laying them between your gardens or in my case under my containers. Last year when I started they laid old boxes flat under them. When we moved them this year when I move beautiful soil!

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I just did a google search on composting pizza boxes. You can't recycle pizza boxes if they have any grease residue on them but you can compost them. They also suggest laying them flat between the rows of your garden for weed control and the box decomposes over time to become compost. I think I am going to do this with other boxes that we get from purchases on line.

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MY DIL told me awhile back about containers that might have oil,cheese or meat residue which unless it is truly vegetarian would rule out pizza. However I am curious to from those more experience then I their thoughts.

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LIBERTYGIRLFL: I was thinking the same thing. Yesterday, my dad had a pizza box in his trash and I thought about keeping it for composting, but then I saw all of the inks/dyes used to color the words and images on the box and wondered how safe it would actually be?

Does anyone know more about this?
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I'd be interested in more input regarding pizza boxes and other cardboard materials in the compost. I always though there was some kind of (toxic?) glue or component that might make using them in compost undesirable.

Not sure where I got that notion so I'd love to hear what you all have to say. We don't order pizza very often, but would love to add the boxes to the pile if it's healthy/safe.

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You guys make me smile (and LOL!)

I tried a worm bin here in Phoenix. It worked ok for awhile but then hot weather hit. Even then it was ok for awhile. Then, alas, worm jerky happened. I was heart broken. I even insulated their box by piling things around it on the outside. I think it just got too dry. emoticon

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So, we like worms and trash? It's cool! Everyone has something that they're into that most other people think is weird, but it's what makes them unique (and possibly healthier!). Just think of it this way: some people are really into physics and calculus. haha.

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Yeah you right! Or maybe we will be the new normal! emoticon

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Why be normal?

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Yeah but it is fun being odd eh?

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Some people would think we were odd, getting excited about worms. LOL. Bees make me super excited! I love our little pollinating friends :-)

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I use the cobalt blue countertop container from Gardener's supply. It was a bit pricey but I love the color pop in my kitchen. Comes with filters. Sometimes I have problems with gnats. Any suggestions out there?

Also, I started a worm bin after reading the demonstration on Spark People. Right now this is collecting kitchen scraps in my basement and I plan to move it outside once our freeze warnings are past. I'm really excited about my work bin! Weird huh?

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I did indeed check out your blog DESETRODENT! Love the info especially on the green onions. I enjoyed a good crop last year.

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We don't have a kitchen container but we have two containers devoted to compost. One is an old used trash can that we've drilled holes in throughout it to let it breath, the other is a Lowe's bucket that we actually kept indoors during the winter. As long as we didn't put smellies like cabbage or other cruciferous veggies in it, it didn't stink at all. This one will become our home for compost tea.

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don't worry, mower not required.



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thanks for all of the great info! I have a bin, so would putting whole leaves in there work too? The mower is a great idea but I don't have a mower and also don't have much grass to mow, I have a pretty looking back lawn right now and need to put some cover on. I don't even think the previous tenants even looked out the window, much less step outside and take care of their yard. emoticon

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GAEA_GIRL I had the same surprise when I moved into my current house. Looks like the leaves had not been raked up for several month. I am doing a little at a time to get them up simply because there are so many of them and because of my disability I cannot tell where my foot is landing thus having some near falls because of walking on "air" er ahem leaves.

I am going to pull them all into one pile where my compost is going so they can all do their thing.

'I keep reminding myself I am burning calories while doing it!


Oh Happy days ironically after reading all of this this morning. I stepped outside to discover my neighbor was throwing away cabinets! I walked down to ask him if I could have them. One is just perfect to hold kitchen scraps for the compost. The top slants and just deep enough to hold bags for scraps. How about that for timing?

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If you mow the leaves when the grass also needs mowing, you mix in a little green material with the brown, so it composts faster. I also have a leaf blolwer/shredder for areas I can't mow. It works well.

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Yeah I like the lawn mower dry leaves it looks nice as mulch in flower beds. We put most of the dry leaves in the garden beds to winterover but they blow away and it isn't as aestheically pleasing. In the backyard it doesn't matter as much, we rake maybe once or twice after everything comes down, it goes in the compost pile and the beds.



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Oh yeah! Lawn mower! LOL - I don't have a lawn so I never thought about that. How quickly we forget.... (could also be a senior moment!) emoticon

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my husband runs the mower over them with the bag on and collects it that way.



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I don't do anything with leaves either besides SOMETIMES piling them up. Usually a compost pile needs to be about 3 ft by 3 ft by 3 ft to start the thermophilic process of heating up that breaks stuff down. Leaves don't take long at all to break down in this environment. Most of the time, I just leave the leaves in place if they are on top of planting areas and sweep the leaves off my paths into the beds. They compost in place. The "mat" that they form is great for tucking other green waste under (called "composting in place"). Works great here in the desert. In a soggier climate it may work less well. Note: If you plant seeds or plants, just make a hole in the leaf mat and put in your seed or plant. Do not re-cover. If planting seedlings/plants, make sure the leaf mat is pulled back from the stem of the plant a bit. If you mulch right up to the stem you risk holding too much moisture there at the "crown" (the place where the stem comes out of the soil) and the plant will rot and die.

Running the leaves through a shredder (not a chipper) will make them small fast. Unless the leaves are really truly dry, I wouldn't put them through a chipper - it will bind up the mechanisms.

Keep in mind - I am an exceptionally lazy gardener. Well, I guess not so much lazy as having too many other things to do to futz around with some things. Leaf fall is nature's way of self-mulching/self-composting. Lots of nutrients are brought up by the roots of plants and end up in the leaves and fruits. These nutrients are sometimes not found in the top layers of soil. So leaving the leaves in place actually provides the plants with needed nutrients. The leaves decay and feed the plant and the cycle starts again. Some plants/trees NEED to have their own leaf fall left in place like avocados. Avocado groves will decline if you don't leave the leaf fall intact. Nature is pretty darn cool.



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We don't do anything with our leaves. We just pile them up, that's it.

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I moved into my house in November. When all of the snow melted, I looked in the backyard and surprise! The previous tenants never cleaned up the fall leaves. Good material for composting, but can anyone tell me the easiest (read:fastest) method for breaking the leaves into smaller, easier-to-compost pieces?
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Jen, I'm in Kentucky. We've lived in our house for 18 years, and the people who lived in it before us lived there since 1954. The house was built in the late 1800s. That has always been the garden spot. We work it and work it, tilling in the fantastic compost every year. It always produces well.

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Oh my gracious you guys are so full of great info and advice. I'm totally taking notes. emoticon I'm such a dork.

I can't wait to start composting! I have to talk to hubby first to find a way to keep the dogs out of everything! Sneaky boogers, they are. I can't believe gardening is turning out to be so fun, so easy, and so therapeutic! Definitely something more people should get into. :)

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Jeri - Rockin' garden! Whew! It's awesome! What part of the country are you in? It reminds me of my gardens in the mid-west.

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Well done to all you composting ladies! simply love my huge compost heap, nothing that can go in the compost goes in the bin, my garden comes first. If I find the composing process going a bit slow I keep my lawn clipping in a plastic bag for a week or so then add it, it speeds up the rotting process.

I keep my kitchen scraps for my worm bin in an old tupperware bread container in the fridge, this works best for me.

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Since I live up on the Appalachian Trail in the mountains kitchen scraps are not really a great option for me it attracts bear and other hungry animals. I have used dried leaves, lawn clippings and coffee grounds. It has made a wonderful compost pile for me and anything for this rocky clay is better than nothing. I envy those of you that can compost the table scraps.
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Regardless of t;he container you use to collect kitchen scraps or how you do your compost pile or bin, the most imporant thing to remember: Compost happens!
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Gosh, I wish we could have hens in town. But we're not allowed to.
One thing we do is collect coffee grounds from a local convenience store. All they do is throw it away. They'll save it for us, and we add it to the pile once every few weeks. Our dirt is pretty amazing. You can see pics of our garden in my photo album. It's all natural, and always will be :-)

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No problemo! Is it wrong that I covet your compost materials??? OMG - I need help!

So for the egg cartons - only use the ones made out of paper pulp - not the foam ones. There may be some "foam" ones made out of corn starch but I haven't seen them yet. Those faux foam peanuts - the new ones that are made from corn starch? Those can go in the compost. As can hair, feathers (both take a long time to degrade), any natural fiber clothing (cotton, rayon, bamboo, wool) q-tips, pizza boxes, etc. Tearing them up smaller makes degrading faster.

OK - I still covet your dried leaves. So wrong! LOL!

PS: I is pretty hard to screw up composting. You will inevitably make mistakes but so what. If the pile smells, add more "browns". If it's not breaking down fast enough - add some greens or water it. Toss on a little dirt to help hold the pile together (I usually put a little dirt on a "fluffy" pile full of light stuff to hold it down). Probably the worst thing that's ever happened to me with compost is that some mice decided to live inside the pile during the winter (in WI). In the spring when I went to use the compost - I uncovered the nest with the tiny babies in it. Although I tried re-covering them, my cats ended up snacking on them. I guess that's one way to solve a pest problem.


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emoticon emoticon emoticon DOWNTOWNJEN for that very helpful info! So apparently the one I have is a cold compost. So I did not do anything wrong. I am going over this week to turn it. The person from NOFFN told me I had to turn it every week to aid in the breakdown, but over the last several months as I was recovering from surgery that was impossible for me to do.

We had a really bad storm this evening & rain, so now the ground is soft enough for me to go out and pull up all the green that will go into the compost. I also have a bag full of brown stuff to add to the mix.

I save all my dead leaves, twigs, papers etc. One thing I did not know about was egg cartons! I use egg shells but did not know the carton can go in. I only use organic eggs but the carton is not paper but the foam kind. Is that ok?

It is amazing now I do not have to put out garbage now but once a week since I started composting.

I also have a massive amount of leaves left by the previous tenant who do not look like they raked up leaves all fall & winter, so we know where that is going!


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I use a handmade pottery bowl from a friend. It sits on my 1939 stove on the "griddle" part (doesn't work but DOES provide a great place for the compost bowl). I take the compost bowl out to the compost bin daily, usually in the evening.

Composting can be as hard or as easy as you want it to be. Some books make it sound like you need an advanced degree in order to compost. "Pish Posh!" is what I have to say to that! (yes - those words exactly!) Basically your pile needs about equal parts of "green" (nitrogen source) item and "brown" (carbon source) items by volume. "Green" (nitrogen source) items are usually things that are green (makes sense, eh?) - veggie peelings, grass clippings, green prunings from shrubs and trees. There are a few non-green "green" items (nitrogen sources) such as coffee grounds and manures. "Green" items usually have some moisture to them (they are the things that may make a compost pile smell. Compost usually smells when too wet - remedy by adding "browns").

Brown (carbon source) items are typically brown, and dryer. Things like wood chips from the shredder, twigs, dead (brown) leaves, shredded paper, straw....these are carbon sources. They are low moisture and help balance out the pile and add air pockets to the pile. Another reason why piles smell is because air is not circulating. It's great to have larger items in the compost pile because they create air pockets. Sticks, corn cobs, paper egg cartons, etc - these all decompose at a slower rate so just sift them out (or pull them out) and toss back into the pile. I swear to you there are two corn cobs and an avocado pit in my compost that have been in there for about 2 yrs. They're like old friends. My little "compost buddies" (yes - I am, perhaps, a little too intimate with my compost).

You can make quick (active) compost by turning it 2 or 3 times a week from one pile or bin to the other, then back again the next time. It's a workout so if you're looking for a "functional workout" turning compost may be for you. This is called "hot compost". Or you can make "cold compost" - this is the pile that just gets added to and added to without turning or fussing with it much. In about 4-8 months you will probably have some really great stuff under the top 6-8 inches.

Supposedly "hot" compost has more nutrients that are ready to be consumed by plants right away. However those nutrients are used fairly quickly. Cold compost is more dense in nutrients and thus does not have to be replenished as much. I have to tell you - I rarely turn compost. I did in the beginning and I did notice that I had to replenish it about twice as often (replenish compost when the texture of the soil starts compacting or plants show signs of stress). Now I cold compost (passively) or let the hens till the compost for me. Hens are like little feathery tractors - they scratch, peck and poop constantly - churning all the organic matter into some kick-ass compost. No - you don't burn many calories that way but it's SWEET to have composting "staff" emoticon

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We use the stainless steel bucket too. I like the ceramic one but knew it would be broken immediately. We've been using the same bucket for over 2 years and no problems with the lid.



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I also use a lidded bowl on the counter...but I like the idea of something more visually compatible with my kitchen decor. Will have to keep my eyes open for possibilities next time I'm at Ross's or Old Tyme Pottery.

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You can screen it using some 2x4's and hardware cloth (metal wire mesh). What goes through the screen can be added to your garden. Whatever is too large can go right back in the pile. Since you're always adding it will never be completely done, just in various stages. Ususally what is on the bottom is done first.

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I am glad you mention about a compost not being wet, just a bit damp. My last compost never smelled as I did exactly what you mention, no meat dairy or oiley things. Never saw flies etc.What I did with scraps was kept those giveaway bags from the store and put my food scraps or clippings in it and hung it on the door; I then walked it out to the compose and there she goes! Since I am one person it took a few days to get enough scraps for the pile. But since I had a lot of houseplants I added dead leaves etc in the bag so when I took it out to the compost it was worth the trip!

In fact that compost is still at my previous address and my former landlord is letting me keep it there until "done".

I am starting one now in my new place.

But like the other Sparker, how do you KNOW when it is DONE? I mean when I go to toss it to allow air I still see some things that have not broken down. I've had that one for not quite a year, but I kept adding to it as I wanted a lot of soil.

It was also suggested to me to cover it with a tarp so it can "cook" assisting in the break down.

Mine was started by the New Orleans Food & Farm Network to aid people to compost. They gave me a 4ft wire circular basket and told me to do what was already mentioned. www.noffn.org

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I'm so glad I just read this post! I'm just starting to compost too and I didn't know about the smell/dampness thing. Good to know.

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I've never smelled our compost. Just don't put what you would normally consider "dog scraps" into it.

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If your compost smells bad there is something wrong with it. Usually it will stink if you add meat/dairy/oily food or it too wet and has become anaerobic. It should be a bit damp, but never wet.

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Ok, I think I have a perfect area that I could block off from the dogs. Right by the side house, where the front and side fences meet, I could put a gate right there for a big rectangle. Perfect! But, one more worry - will the compost smell? I don't want to offend our neighbours :)

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I got a green plastic compost container on Amazon. It's really cute and uses a carbon filter. It came with 3 filters. It sits very nicely on a counter and holds a surprisingly large amount. It was only around $20!

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What we do with the compost is not very complicated at all. Vegetable scraps are actually only a small part of it. We have a big spot we call our "compost pile." It's where we pile all the fall leaves, the grass clippings, any garden stuff when we clean out the old plants (corn stalks, etc), and any other natural stuff. We just let it sit there. That's it. With the leaves and grass clippings, the pile grows pretty high during the summer. We shovel around in it to make sure it's doing okay, and by the following year we have some really rich dirt. It's great! If you have dogs, you should build a bin of some kind, with an accessible door. It doesn't have to be fancy, just something to keep them out.

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Ok, newbie with a black thumb has a question! (Please forgive me for all my questions. You guys are such a great resource! I really appreciate all your help.)
Hubby wants to start a compost pile, again, where I have tried and failed. I tried drilling holes into a huge rubbermaid tub and adding dirt into it, and putting my veggie scraps in there, and turning it occassionally. Of course, I would go out there every time I had scraps. So I love the idea of a kitchen container!
But after that, I'm completely lost. I have no idea what to do with the scraps, or where to and when to deal with the compost once it's...well, composted.
I've tried doing research online and in books, but it's so much information I get so overwhelmed! Also, I have two dogs that have access to where we keep our garden, so I have to be careful about that. One is very creative, it's almost like he has hands! He gets into everything. And eats everything - lizards, snakes, trash, twist-ties, his toys, whatever!
Any guidance or references you can provide would be SO SO helpful.
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I use plastic coffee can. It seals well enough to keep odors in and washes well. I keep it under the sink where it is handy when I am cleaning veggies.

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I just use a bowl on the counter and when it gets full it is emptied into a bucket with a lid on the back porch. When that gets full my husband takes it out to the compost pile. Works for us.

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I have that $40 ceramic one from amazon (wedding gift, yay!). I am mostly pleased with it aesthetically and I never smell food in it either. I am less than impressed with how the lid fits though--it is not a perfect fit or even sealed at all, just kind of sits on top, quite imperfectly. Still, I prefer the look and it keeps the kitchen looking cleaner. I used to store it in bags on the counter until I'd take it out, but the bags would be stinky, and ultimately, leaky, so it's a big improvement!

I know others who keep tupperware in the fridge, which I think is a great idea, too.



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I need a "like" button. That's hilarious!

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Oh, but the cat will pull stuff out and drop it on the floor for the dogs! LOL

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I'm glad our dog can't get up on the counter ;-)

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We used a bowl for awhile until one of our cats found it and decided that he liked to eat kitchen scraps. That cat, I kid you not, will eat ANYTHING. His favorite things: cucumber peels and squash seeds.

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Rachel, how cute!! That's much nicer than my ugly rubbermaid bowl.

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We had one of those cute ceramic crocks that I had bought at Cost Plus World Market for $14. Unfortunately we broke it almost immediately (I find the handles come off too easily). A good friend of mine bought us a stainless steel one as a wedding present and I LOVE it! It doesn't break, it's super easy to clean, it's large, it looks nice, and it doesn't smell. This is the one we have: www.gardeners.com/stainless-steel-co
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I just use a rubbermaid bowl and throw my vegetable scraps in it. I leave it on the counter, and when it gets full I take it outside to the compost pile.

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I use a really cute ceramic crock with a lid that seals really well from TJ Maxx or Marshall's for about $14.

I had tried other containers, but this one is the perfect size for us, seals with no odor and cleans up super easy.

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I will be following this thread because I need ideas for a container, too.

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Anyone have a cute container? If so, do you like it? Where did you get it? And how much did it cost. There is a ceramic one on Amazon I'm looking at that cost about 40 bucks that I'm looking at. I'm currently using ziploc bags to collect and every two days I take it outside. Thanks!

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