Anyone who is either brand new to the world of composting or who has been a master composter for many years has undoubtedly come across items that seem particularly difficult to contend with in a compost pile. Two such items are avocados and different types of citrus. The avocado has a thick skin and a hard pit. Many types of citrus also have substantial skins and big seeds. Placing these items into a compost pile without properly preparing them for the decomposition process usually delays the progression of your compost. In most cases, an avocado pit that is added to a compost pile without being chopped beforehand results in a recognizable pit in the pile many months later!
There is absolutely no reason an avocado pit and avocado skins cannot be added to your compost pile. But, as stated above, throwing them into your pile without proper preparation will not yield the fastest or most successful results.
To prepare avocado pits and skins for composting, it is absolutely essential that these items be chopped into the smallest pieces possible. This can be accomplished in a haphazard fashion with a sharp knife. However, this method is not only inefficient, but it’s also dangerous. Avocado skins and pits can be slimy and slippery, and using a knife puts you at great risk of cutting yourself. The perfect solution to this problem is the Green Cycler. This device was designed to handle difficult items such as avocado skins and pits – – it chops them into perfect-sized pieces that are ready for composting in mere seconds. (Just make sure to use a back and forth cranking motion when using the Green Cycler to grind avocado pits and skins – the appliance was designed to handle such items – but just make sure not to force the process too quickly!)
Because even small pieces of chopped avocado skins and pits are sluggish when it comes to breaking down in compost piles, it’s important to not add a significant amount to your pile at any given time. Chopped avocado skins and pits are considered part of the “green” ingredients in compost, so you should mix them into your other kitchen scraps accordingly. If you have a compost pile that is already established, adding your avocado scraps into the middle of the pile will assist in their breakdown.
As with avocados, it is definitely possible to add citrus to your compost pile. But it’s important to prepare citrus material in a specific manner so that the decomposition process will not be unnecessarily delayed. The following information will probably sound eerily similar to the tips and instructions listed under the avocado heading of this article! The single most important preparation suggestion is to make sure all citrus rinds and seeds are chopped into the smallest possible pieces before they are added to your compost pile. Again, the best method by which to accomplish this is to utilize the Green Cycler. With a few quick cranks of the handle, the Green Cycler will prepare any type of citrus rind or seed for composting!
Why are small chopped pieces so important? Because chopping increases the surface area of the organic waste. Greater surface area equates to faster decomposition. Without proper chopping, citrus rinds and seeds take many months to fully integrate into the rest of the composting materials in your pile.
Chopping is Important!
Avocados and citrus are not the only “difficult” organic items you may want to add to your compost pile. But they are good examples of materials that are challenging to prepare properly. The Green Cycler truly makes the preparation process much easier. This video demonstrates how the appliance works and also how simple it is to chop any organic material you may encounter!