After Perdita, I'd like to introduce Boris. Boris is very different to Perdita. He's not flighty or glamorous at all. He is, however, reliable and a good friend. It's a different kind of relationship.
I couldn't bring Perdita home and spend an evening in the kitchen with her (well, I have, on occasion, but only when she was in a really bad state and needed some gentle attention with a spanner). But Boris, he lives in my kitchen. His looks are much more functional than Perdita's- he's kind of earthy to tell the truth- but oh! the things he can do!
Boris takes care of all my compost. He's a Bokashi bin, and I can't recommend him enough. Bokashi bins are miniature indoor composters- ideal for those of us without the garden (or space) for the real thing.
Without Boris I had no way of composting: it caused me real pain to be throwing away such valuable stuff. I tried freezing all my peelings to preserve them until I could take them to my family to put in their compost bin, but that just made everything in my freezer taste of off veg.
Now I pop all my peelings, eggshells and any other green waste into Boris, and cover it all with a scattering of the special Bokashi Bran. Once the bin is full I take it to my parents and they add it to their heap.
My parents love Boris too, because he's improved the quality of their compost no end. Adding the Bokashi helps their whole heap to break down much more quickly and to a much finer end result.
I'm so happy to have Boris in my life, and I recommend anyone in a similar position to get a Bokashi bin. There's lots of info on the web, and I got Boris from http://www.wigglywigglers.co.uk/