Composting is a Good Thing
Have you thought about composting at your household? While composting can seem daunting, you can actually become a compost master in just a few simple steps! And the benefits are plentiful. Composting keeps food scraps and other household waste out of landfills., and adds organic matter back into the soil. The nutrients from the soil will turn your garden into off-the-charts awesome without the need for chemical fertilizers.
What exactly is composting? Composting is the decomposition process of organic matter to create compost. Compost is a nutrient-rich soil conditioner, fertilizer, and pesticide that is used in gardening, farming, and landscaping. We know, it sounds gross. But don’t let the science turn you off to composting. When done correctly, there is actually no smell and compost is much safer than chemical soil enhancers.
Composting is Easy
How do you start composting? It’s pretty easy. First you need a space. If you have room in your yard, you can fence off a small area—think 3 x 3 x 3—and just start your pile right on the ground. If this seems unkempt or you prefer something tidier, you can make or buy bins that contain your organic waste, tumble and aerate it, and help convert it to compost even quicker. Live in an apartment? No problem! You can buy indoor bins stocked with red worms to process your food scraps inside.
Experts advise a color-coded formula for breaking down your scraps with little to no odor. Add 2 to 3 parts “browns” to every one part “greens.” Browns include dead leaves, shredded newspaper, and napkins. Greens refer to fruit and vegetable scraps, wood chips (maybe from that stump you grinded down), and grass clippings.
That’s about it. Now you just wait for the compost to form. In the summer you can turn the pile once a week or so, and in the winter every 3-4 weeks. Some compost gurus advise sprinkling garden soil in periodically to add beneficial organisms.
Over the course of a few weeks, your mixture will morph into dark soil-ish material that you can sprinkle around plants or mix with potting soil. If you live in an apartment, you can use your compost with houseplants or start a window garden. If it’s completely broken down, you won’t even need soil. You will know the compost is complete when it has an earthy musty smell and you can no longer recognize any individual items.
Composting Makes a Difference
Government agencies recognize that the bulk of what is going into landfills is food waste. If your city doesn’t have a composting program, take the lead or start at home! Every step makes a difference.
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