I just got the greatest garden tool this past weekend – and for just a few dollars on Craigslist. It’s a manual, steel Porkert 12 meat grinder (made in the Czech Republic). What? A meat grinder in the garden? You bet!
I was tired of chopping my table scraps and crushing my shells by hand before putting them into the compost pile. In fact, I admit, sometimes I was too lazy to chop them up and they went into the pile in large pieces – which took forever to decompose. But no more!
As soon as I got the grinder, I attached it to the side of my compost bin. (I used nails because I didn’t have any screws, although screws would’ve been a better choice.)
Now making sure my table scraps are small enough for the compost pile is so easy! And kind of fun.
Here are today’s table scraps – banana peel, overripe tomato, rubbery carrot, orange peels:
Just put into the meat grinder and crank the handle:
When you’re done, your scraps look like this:
Perfect for the compost pile. Just bury and you’re done!
Now here’s the grinder in action:
It’s a helpful tool with a little turn of fun in the garden!