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11 April 2014

Bring Color to Your Garden with Old Banana Peels and a SPIN!

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Today we are talking compost, thanks to Wayfair.com. Supplies for this post were provided but all information and opinions are my own.

So you want to add a little burst of color to your living space to celebrate spring. 
 The best way to do that HANDS DOWN is...FLOWERS.

There is no color substitute for the living, breathing saturated petals of a flower and the way to get lots of petal color power is...

Banana peels.  Coffee Grounds.  Eggshells and Poop.  

Chicken poop that is -- NOT human or feline or canine.

What are we talking about?  Compost.  Compost is the natural process of turning waste into fertilizer for your garden and it is fairly easy, though sometimes messy and when badly done; smelly.  I have had a compost pile since I started gardening, but have always wanted to speed up the process and also have access to compost in a more convenient spot.  When Wayfair tasked me with adding some color to my living space this spring, I knew EXACTLY what I was going to do.

Do you see the new toy in my garden?  Over there on the right.  
That is the YIMBY Tumbler Composter and she is ALL MINE.

I considered a couple of other options including The Compost Wizard, the half off ($50) Redmon Compost Bin, and this Suncast Barrel Tumbler.  

The Suncast was actually the closest runner up, but I chose the YIMBY because:

A. The price was right -- at $100 it was the least expensive tumbling version.  The Redmon bin was cheaper by half, but it doesn't turn.  Turning is the part of composting that I always forget, so turning was a must.  You see, I typically have a big pile of compost that only gets turned when I dig out the finished compost on the bottom.  The more compost turns, the faster it goes from waste to wonder.

B. The composter is at arm level when standing.  Many composters required bending down.  While gardening requires a lot of bending and reaching, a composter that doesn't is an added bonus.

C. The YIMBY is split into two compartments, with the front door sliding completely off.  Game Winner - DING DING DING!  With the door sliding completely OFF, I can change the compartments from "add-to" to "wait" easily (more on this later).

***BONUS - YIMBY stands for "Yes in my backyard" which I really liked :)

The one big downside that reviewers on Wayfair mentioned is the amount of time it takes to put this sucker together.  They weren't kidding.  It is IKEA-esque.  Luckily I had help.

The composter comes in a bunch of pieces with two bags of hardware.  I am going to walk you through the setup as quickly and thoroughly, hopefully helping you avoid the pitfalls.  Case in point: Make sure you set the metal stand up first and put the METAL pole through the end pieces, THEN slide the plastic pieces on.  The instructions don't tell you this upfront and it means taking several steps back to get things in order.  The instructions included are actually quite uninformative, and there is a link online for full instructions, but just hang tight.  I will show you the basics, ok?  It is easier than it seems at first.

Once the base is screwed together, you start adding the plastic panels that go all the way around the perimeter of the composter.  Start with any piece that is NOT the front "door".  In the photo below, the first piece has been screwed on the bottom.  The composter will roll "bottom up" when you let go of it, so hold tight to it while assembling!

The MOST IMPORTANT step now is to make sure the center turning divider (circle) fits in the groove on the plastic side panels.  See the groove down there?  That round piece pops right in.  Make sure you double check it is aligned as you assemble each side panel or you will end up with a wonky middle piece and have to take the panels apart to fix it.  There are a LOT of screws, so you do NOT want to have to do this.  Trust me.

 This is one of the bags of screws:

Don't say I didn't warn you...

The plus is that entire bag of screws has identical hardware, so no sorting and getting the wrong bolt, etc.

In any case, one hour of listening to 'Stuff I Missed in History' Podcasts later and....


OK, see that door?  Remember when I said that was one of the deal winners for me to chose this particular composter?  The + sign means "add more stuff to me" while the clock sign means "wait".  That pesky middle piece that we had to align in the groove while assembling keeps the sections separate and allows you to have a "cooking" batch of compost and a new batch.  Otherwise, you would fill your composter and then have to wait-wait-wait weeks until it is done.  This setup allows you to double up that time with smaller batches.

My plan for the YIMBY is to add my super "hot" ingredients like kitchen waste, chicken waste and a little bit of brown garden clippings to balance it all out.  The bigger compost pile will still remain and large brush and leaves can take their time decomposing.

Not very attractive is it?  You can see why the compost pile is out of the way and behind some bushes.
The YIMBY is a few steps from the back door/kitchen entrance.  Much better.

If you have any qualms at all about the difficulty of composting, let me show you via Kindergartner demonstration:


Want to learn more about composting?

NOW.  Onto the fun part.  Would YOU like a brand new composter?  

Perhaps you would just rather take your $100 on Wayfair and go crazy in the throw pillow section?

Your choice.  One of you will win!  (Very, very sorry, but US only and Florida, NY and RI residents are not able to participate.)

 IMPORTANT -- The first entry is to visit Wayfair -- CLICK HERE -- and leave a comment ON THIS BLOG with a LINK to your favorite item on Wayfair.   
See my sample comment in comment section!

That will unlock all the other options for you!

No purchase necessary. By leaving a comment you agree to the rules of this sweepstakes. Each comment to this post equals one entry and must include a name and valid email address to be eligible. A comment must link to a product from Wayfair.com to be considered for this sweepstakes. One entry per household. Limited to entrants over 18 in the US and Canada, residents of Florida, New York, and Rhode Island are ineligible to enter. Contest begins as of the time of this post and ends on May 2nd at 12 PM. The winner will receive a Wayfair gift card/promo code, a retail value of $100 US. The number of eligible entries received will determine the odds of winning. All comments will be numbered in the order they are received and the winner will be chosen randomly by A Nest for All Seasons using the Random Number Generator at random.org.  Winner will be notified by email at the address given in their entry and must respond within 72 hours to receive their prize. If the winner does not respond within that time, a new winner will be chosen. The prize will be provided by Wayfair.com. A Nest for All Seasons is not responsible for any problems with receipt of the prize. This contest is governed by the rules of Massachusetts, void where prohibited. This sweepstakes is sponsored by Wayfair LLC, 177 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA, 02115.
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Amy Renea Friday, April 11, 2014  

SAMPLE COMMENT FOR CONTEST ENTRY -- My favorite item on Wayfair is the Suncast Composter: http://www.wayfair.com/Suncast-6.5-Cu.-Ft.-Tumbler-Composter-TCB6800-XA1127.html?refid=BLGANES

Stephanie Chan Friday, April 11, 2014  

WOW Wayfair has everything! I need a staple gun and they had lots! Here's one I'm thinking of: http://www.wayfair.com/Stanley-Bostitch-Sharpshooter-Heavy-Duty-Staple-Gun-BOSTR150-UJV1055.html Thanks for the giveaway!

Julia Konya Friday, April 11, 2014  

I can't believe how big she's gotten!!!

I always wanted a composter but now room. Great giveaway!

Julia Konya Friday, April 11, 2014  

Oh and I love the poufs: http://www.wayfair.com/Ikram-Design-Moroccan-Pouf-Ottoman-PF0-IKRA1001.html

Emily @ Two Purple Couches Friday, April 11, 2014  

I desperately need a contained composting bin, and you totally just sold me on the YIMBY! Thanks for comparing a few of the composters Wayfair offers, and for sharing a step-by-step of how to put it together!


gbogh Friday, April 11, 2014  

I need this composter to take care of chicken poop from 12 hens.

My fav chicken product. http://www.wayfair.com/daily-sales/p/The-Happy-Hen%3A-Chicken-Coops-Extreme-Hen-House-Chicken-Pen~PNP1249~E10195.html

gbogh Friday, April 11, 2014  

I need this composter to take care of chicken poop from 12 hens.

My fav chicken product. http://www.wayfair.com/daily-sales/p/The-Happy-Hen%3A-Chicken-Coops-Extreme-Hen-House-Chicken-Pen~PNP1249~E10195.html

Michelle C Saturday, April 12, 2014  

Love the Canopy Bed: http://www.wayfair.com/Mash-Studios-PCH-Series-Canopy-Bed-PCH-84-MAS1034.html

Lindsey Paris Saturday, April 12, 2014  

I'm loving this birdbath with a sundial and cast from branches! http://www.wayfair.com/SPI-Home-Bird-and-Twig-Sundial-Birdbath-33303-PPK1170.html

Heather Panjon Saturday, April 12, 2014  

I Love The Coyne's Company Porcelain Butterfly Beauty Water Fountain http://www.wayfair.com/Coynes-Company-Porcelain-Butterfly-Beauty-Water-Fountain-COYNESD9190-JOF1008.html
Rafflecopter Entry Name- Heather Hayes Panjon

Jessica C. Sunday, April 13, 2014  

OK I would totally buy the rotating composter you reviewed! I like it a lot!


Carrie Sunday, April 13, 2014  

Okay, I LOVE the composter so that's probably what I'd get. But if money were no object I'd purchase a patio chair like this one for my husband in a heartbeat, plus an ottoman: http://www.wayfair.com/Telescope-Casual-Lake-Shore-Deep-Seating-Arm-Chair-with-Cushions-2L7-TE2543.html

Heather SettingforFour Monday, April 14, 2014  

We compost too! Great tips in this post! My favorite Wayfair item is this outdoor chair! I'd love two of these for our deck to enjoy our yard and summer relaxation! http://www.wayfair.com/Selamat-Riva-Fabric-Hourglass-Weave-Bergere-Chair-SLMT1273.html

Stacy Risenmay Monday, April 14, 2014  


Unknown Monday, April 14, 2014  

Love the Windsor Linen Duvet Cover.


Susan Monday, April 14, 2014  

Love the info in this post. I am just starting to compost, so this would be awesome! I also found this cute chicken coop: http://www.wayfair.com/Precision-Pet-Products-Old-Barn-Chicken-Coop-with-Nesting-Box-2929-29143-PNP1471.html

Susan Monday, April 14, 2014  

Love the info in this post. I am just starting to compost, so this would be awesome! I also found this cute chicken coop: http://www.wayfair.com/Precision-Pet-Products-Old-Barn-Chicken-Coop-with-Nesting-Box-2929-29143-PNP1471.html

Katherine Donovan Monday, April 14, 2014  

I have been wanting a new comforter set for my bedroom. I LOVE the Lola comforter set. Great for spring & summer!!

Katherine Donovan

The Conway's Tuesday, April 15, 2014  

I liked the fire pits! The Firenza looks perfect for our backyard!
I didn't realize they sold many awesome things!

Amy Anderson Tuesday, April 15, 2014  

I definitely want this Herman Miller chair!

Jessica Watson Tuesday, April 15, 2014  

Love this nightstand http://www.wayfair.com/Paula-Deen-Home-Steel-Magnolia-1-Drawer-Nightstand-932355-996355-PDH1101.html

AuroraCat Tuesday, April 15, 2014  

i like this yogurt maker http://www.wayfair.com/Tribest-Yolife-Yogurt-Maker-YL-210-TBS1057.html (alisa)

Angie Holden Wednesday, April 16, 2014  

Loving this! http://www.wayfair.com/Uttermost-Meena-Clear-Glass-Table-Lamp-27862-UM2549.html

Lauren H Saturday, April 19, 2014  

I like http://www.wayfair.com/Surya-Brentwood-Dark-Beige-Rug-BNT-7674-YA21157.html

Lollie Weeks Monday, April 21, 2014  

We just took down our rickety old jungle gym and are in the process of planning our new outdoor living room in that same shady space.

We love to entertain outdoors in the summer, so I would love, love, love this beautiful wood table and chair set - http://www.wayfair.com/Vifah-Vifah-9-Piece-Dining-Set-V232SET4-VFH1192.html - for the repurposed space.

jess Tuesday, April 22, 2014  

WELL!! I'm glad I can still get in on this! I do all my blog reading in big chunks once every week or so instead of daily!

I've had my eye on this bench http://www.wayfair.com/Safavieh-Franklin-Wood-Bench-FV16364.htmlfrom wayfair for about 3 weeks. (dreaming about, obsessing over, checking-in daily) I really want to get it for my entry way but I'm waiting for 1) the price to go down and b)May to come b/c April's budget is all used up.

I'd be OVERTHEMOON if I won. (I probably won't, b/c I never do...but it's worth a shot. :-)) like, for real.

Ellen Wednesday, April 23, 2014  


Ellen Wednesday, April 23, 2014  


Claudia N Thursday, April 24, 2014  

I like this 12 cookware set
http://www.wayfair.com/Cuisinart-MultiClad-Pro-Stainless-Steel-12-Piece-Cookware-Set-MCP-12N-CUI1117.html, thank you!

Tara Thursday, April 24, 2014  

I like this headboard.

Alana Friday, April 25, 2014  

I'd love to buy a colorful pouf! http://www.wayfair.com/Rizzy-Home-Cable-Knit-Pouf-Ottoman-T05-RZY2678.html?redir=rzy2678&rtype=8&dept=0&ust=

Amber Friday, April 25, 2014  

This composter looks awesome. It would go great in my mom's backyard.

I also love this rug http://www.wayfair.com/Oriental-Weavers-Sphinx-Caspian-Ivory-Blue-Rug-969W6-OW4516.html

anorthowife Friday, April 25, 2014  

I'm in love with this pot!


Jessica Sunday, April 27, 2014  

I would love this rug for my home

Amanda Sakovitz Sunday, April 27, 2014  

I would love to get this mirror! It's gorgeous :)

Thomas Murphy Sunday, April 27, 2014  

I like the Watson 4 Piece Seating Group with Cushions in Black & Gray

rounder9834 @yahoo.com

amanda whitley Monday, April 28, 2014  

i love the http://www.wayfair.com/daily-sales/p/Master-the-Man-Cave%3A-Home-Bar-Boswell-Fold-Away-Bar-in-Black~JIY5397~E10344.html

richied.becky Tuesday, April 29, 2014  
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richied.becky Tuesday, April 29, 2014  

Perfect for my babygirl marley Advantek 60" Gazebo Pet Pen.

Becky Richied

Mita Thursday, May 01, 2014  

like this one http://www.wayfair.com/Greenland-Home-Fashions-Clearwater-Throw-GL-THROWCW-GHF2077.html

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