Saturday, June 29, 2013

Composting with The 99 Cent Chef - Video

In the acting world you shy away from preforming with children and animals. Why...because there is nothing worse than being upstaged by cuteness -- after all those years of distilling your experiences into being spontaneous and natural in front of an audience.


 In The 99 Cent Chef's latest video you'll see what I mean watching birds and squirrels upstage the Anthropomorphic Chef.



My neighbor feeds the birds and squirrels every morning. So I got the idea to set out some seeds and have them do the work of making an opening title sequence for me. Only a nut would let squirrels and birds do the typography for my videos...well, I'm that chintzy nut.


And my front yard critters will work for 99 cent peanuts and birdseed.


 For the final video scene it's a squirrel feeding frenzy when the The Doctor. Doolittle of chefs scatters lettuce in the most unique way for the tree dwelling rodents.


It's all in the wrist, if you want to compost like The 99 Cent Chef. With shovel in hand the Chintzy Composter shows you a simple method that reduces the garbage you throw away by about half - so that means less trips to the dumpster. Plus, if you have a small garden you will never have to buy potting soil again. Just scroll to the end of this post for my Composting Video.

There are many techniques for Composting. Just Google the word and you'll see what I mean. It really just depends how much you want to deal with. You can start a giant compost pile with everything from veggie table scraps to lawn trimmings, and even newsprint and paper. I live in the city, so composting is best not seen or smelt!


In my household of two, I've come up with an easy-to-do method. Every day my wife and I collect the veggie and fruit scraps, coffee grounds, and egg shells into a small container with a top. I live in a condo complex with a lot of land per unit and there is an outdoor common area in the corner that is not used. So every 2 to 4 days I take my full compost bin and bury the scraps in a 4 by 4 foot square area. Nobody complains and some of my neighbors offer encouragement and even compliments.

With a minimal amount of compost area to work with, I find it's just enough. I bury my small scrap amounts, and a couple of days later dig a new hole. If you roughly chop up the scraps with the shovel and mix in a little dirt, the decomposition is complete in less than 2 weeks.


So by the time I've filled my 4 food square, it's ready for a new round of veggie scraps. (You'll see black nutrient-rich looking compost clumps as you work your way around.) It takes about 6 months until the compost is ready for my garden -- just in time for Fall and Spring planting.


A quick gardening note: composting veggies with seeds, like cucumbers, squash and tomatoes, means you will get sprouting seedlings popping out all over. I'll prune out most of them as they come up, but I like to keep a few plants just to see how they do. Every year I get some type of squash plant that yields a bouquet of edible squash blossoms -- just type "squash blossoms" into the "Enter Ingredient or Recipe Keyword(s)" search window located at the top right side of this page to see all the recipes I use them for.

The trick is to keep the compost area clean and odorless. Instead of a smelly compost pile, I bury mine. Now, that means I can't compost everything, but it's good enough for big city living.

So, check out my Composting with The 99 Cent Chef video below. As I mentioned earlier, "It's all in the wrist," and I don't just mean how you handle a shovel, as you will see during the video's outrageous ending.

Composting with The 99 Cent Chef - VIDEO

 Play it here, video runs 4 minutes, 11 seconds.

My YouTube video link for viewing or embedding, just click here.

And 99 thanks to Pete Handelman, Bob McGuinness and Amy for shooting the Chef.

2 comments:

Louise said...

Love the video but I don't encourage squirrels. They continue to dig holes in my veggie garden. I just put up a new fence. It seems be helping. Less damage which is the goal. Composting is the way to go. It enriches my clay soil. I will be making your Stuffed Squash Blossoms recipe later today.

Cheers
Louise

Billy Vasquez said...

squirrels also strip the budding fruit from our apricot tree ;-(

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