Big Pigging! or how to get maximum benefit from your kitchen waste

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I have been composting with my “pig” for a number of years now and whilst it is somewhat more expensive, at initial outlay, than other traditional composters, I do find it is far more effective. Thus your initial investment is recouped over the medium to long term.

My pig is a sealed unit, which means that literally all your kitchen waste including raw meat can be added to it without encouraging vermin, so, you save on waste charges and it produces large volumes of compost rapidly (I find in an average of about six weeks). All that is required is that you add a quantity of wood pellets each time you add food waste to the unit. This basically ensures that the carbon/nitrogen ratio is right for effective composting.

The pig is a double-barrelled affair containing two compartments: one is being added to whilst the other is full and in the latter stages of composting. Once the compost is ready, I add it straight to my planting beds and the compost is lovely friable stuff that conditions the soil and provides nutrients for plant growth. There is the odd bone present, but so what – this adds phosphorous to the soil which is good for plant growth.  You can pick these out if you don’t like the look of them.

What is also good about the “Big Pig” is that it can be moved around and will sit on a hard surface, too. You can thus position it right outside the back door rather than having to deliver compost to a heap at the end of the garden. I would like to clarify that I am not an agent for the “Big Pig”, I just find it really good and far superior to traditional plastic composters, which do not seem to produce this quality of compost and certainly not in that short a period of time. That said, I would be an advocate of any kind of composting. It is a very important part of the natural cycle of growth and decay and in the workings of any allotment or garden of whatever size. The waste reduction benefits, with associated cost savings to the householder are obvious, as well.

I would be interested to hear of your composting or “pigging” experiences, too?

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