The joy of winter composting - Bennington Banner

Burlington has seen the greatest winter warming of any city in North America in recent years. But most people still don’t think of winter as a time to compost, and it aint’ necessarily so.


"While you might think that cold temperatures keep a compost pile from composting, that is not the case. In my winter compost pile I regularly achieve temperatures in excess of 130 degrees Fahrenheit even when it's in the low teens or single digits at night. I simply charge (or fill) it when temperatures go above freezing, which happens increasingly often in our changing winter climate. According to a study from Climate Central, since 1970 northern New England winters have warmed at an average rate of more than 1 degree F per decade. Burlington, Vermont, has seen the greatest warming of any city in North America with average winter temperatures 7 degrees F higher now than five decades ago."

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