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February 2017

A Note From Joyce 

What a wild start to the year!  We had a spectacular response at the Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday display February 4, and at the Victoria Seedy Saturday on February 18, where we sold all the bins we had including the demo model.  It seems many people are eager to make compost but don't want to attract rats.  When they find this option, they are thrilled.  It is all very heartening. 

We were pleased to sponsor a workshop in Victoria by Donna Balzer, the Gardening Guru.  She is a big fan of the Speedibin.  We are all working to promote backyard food production and compost and gardening education are integral parts.

Also we are delighted to have Lauren Dean from New Leaf Marketing to help with our social media outreach.  She sure knows what she is doing and also happens to be a big fan of our composter. 

If you haven't got in on our February Giveaway yet, now is the time!  The stainless compost pail is a sweet gift to a lucky gardener.  And your support helps spread this composting mission.

Hope to see you at our upcoming events!  Come and say Hi and play the "Test your composting skills" game.  Meanwhile, if you have any questions or suggestions for us, do be in touch.  We love talking compost!

February Giveaway!

We are so excited for Spring! So, to help you get started on your composting journey, we are giving away one engraved Stainless Composting Pail and a pair of Speedibin Composter Gardening Gloves!

This compost pail can sit on your kitchen counter while collecting nutrition for your garden. Unlike plastic pails, it doesn't stain or pick up odours. It makes the kitchen side of backyard composting super easy.

***Please note: to participate in this giveaway, you must click on the following link, and go to our Facebook page, and complete the actions below:***

To enter into this giveaway, you must: 
Step one: Click this link to go to our giveaway post: ✅
Step two: Like the post! ✅ 
Step three: Like Speedibin Composter's Facebook page! ✅ 
Step four: Share this post out to all of your garden-loving friends! ✅ 
Step five: Tag a friend (or friends) that would love a compost pail in the comments below! ✅ 

The winner of the Speedibin Compost Pail and Gardening Gloves will be announced on February 28th, 2017.

Update - New Model with Hinged Lid

The engineers at Overlanders Manufacturing in Abbotsford, BC, are working diligently to design a hinged lid for the Speedibins that will be tough, easy to use and last 25 years.  They have a prototype built and are now making some improvements.  Such is the nature of design.  We would rather have it take a little longer and be awesome. The lid can still be popped off with two spring-loaded pins, particularly when you want to move the whole bin.  We like to move the composter to a different raised bed or part of the garden every year as the soil underneath becomes so nutritious for new plants. The next prototype is planned to be ready early March, when Joyce will kick it around with the engineers.  This will be a second model.  The original Speedibin, which costs a little less, will still be available.  We like the idea of having a choice of composters.

Seedy Saturdays: Courtenay & CR 

We are heading to the upcoming Courtenay and Campbell River Seedy Saturdays with our Speedibin display! Come by and check us out. Don't forget, if you are interested in buying a bin, we are selling them at both locations. 

Courtenay Seedy Saturday
Saturday, March 4th, from 10am-4pm at the Filberg Centre.
A community seed exchange and vegetable gardening show with many vendors with their non GMO, organically grown seeds and garden related products. 
Click here for more information on this great event.

Campbell River Seedy Sunday
Sunday, March 9th, from 11am-2pm at the Community Centre.
This expo incorporates a plant sale, seed swap, vendors, demos, community groups, Lil' Sprouts Corner (for kids), concession and much more.
Click here for more information on this event.

Composting 101

We think making compost is fun! Basically you are simply returning organic matter back to the soil. There is no right or wrong way to make compost but there are certainly better and worse ways. Here is what we think the ideal compost pile would look like.

Into your composter (or on the ground if you are making a pile), put in a thick layer of leaves or straw or something airy and high in carbon. Add a good layer of grass clippings, kitchen scraps, weeds that have not gone to seed, coffee grounds or other organics high in nitrogen. Top with a small layer of old compost if possible, and a shovel-full of soil (worms need grit for their digestive system). Continue adding alternate layers of carbon-rich and nitrogen-rich materials. If you have access to seaweed, egg or oyster shells, manure (but not dog, cat or human) or even wool, shredded paper, wood ashes go ahead and add some.

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