Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Comploo: A Gardener's Dream

I adore compost. It's my personal cure-all for whatever ails in my garden. The bucket on the counter turns into all that my plants need to grow well to feed my household. Vegetable and fruit castoffs return to the bucket to return to the bin and then to the garden again. Tea bags, yard waste, garden leavings, and kitchen scraps all go in and come out as plant-scrumptious humus. (The kind eaten indirectly rather than the other garlic-laden delight.)

One of my greatest challenges here in Japan is gardening without it. I'm accustomed to turning a pile as well as digging into it when I need some of that lovely black gold to put in a pot or add to a bed. I've got permission to build one, and I'm in the process of choosing a site. Meanwhile, I bury it in spots around the garden as I can and hope for the best.

That said, Bakoko's little creation - The Comploo - is something near to a dream come true for me. Taking advantage of the heat produced during the composting process, the Comploo is a sweet little building that I can easily imagine tucked somewhere near my garden as a perfect spot to take a bit of a break between work rounds. Or a cozy place on a rainy afternoon where I could see the garden, plot new plantings, or just bask in the glow of all those vegetables I adore. Heated by food, garden, and yard scraps composting merrily away in bins that round the edges when I'm done plotting, viewing, and basking I'll just open a bin to scoop some of that wonderful stuff out.

Perfect especially for a community garden, park or a cafe growing the majority of it's food out the back door, the Comploo creates a space for gathering that takes advantage of plant materials in place. Talk about a great way to warm people up to the idea of their own composting after touring the vegetable patch to see what's in season!


Anjuli said...

this is really a great idea!! Now is there any smell which accompanies this?

Joan Lambert Bailey said...

That I don't know, Anjuli. The circulating air and high temperatures might eliminate that. They're also working out a plan to use it in developing countries, which might be helpful for your building projects.