Hi guys! The purpose of this post is to “hash out” the logistics of composting — how to compost, when to use compost, etc — especially for those who are unfamiliar to the composting process.
Compost helps to serve as a fertilizer, and creates nutrient rich soil for lawns and gardens. Ultimately, compost helps keep soil healthy while aiding in plant growth.
Composting is also a great way to eliminate waste in your kitchen. Rather than leaving table scraps to the trash can, put them in your compost bin to help offer a natural version of chemical fertilizers. By composting, you eliminate the amount of waste you’re responsible for in a landfill.
Foods you can compost
- shrub/tree prunings
- Pine needles
- Coffee grounds and coffee filters
- Cardboard, paper, newspaper
- Dryer lint
- Tea bags
- Used paper napkins
What You’ll Need:
- A container: nothing too fancy. Remember, this is for decaying material, not anything fancy
- “Brown” elements: torn newspaper, crunchy leaves, wood chips
- “Green” elements: green leaf clippings, grass
- Place your bin in a sunny spot outside. You’ll want sunlight to make sure the bin is as warm as possible in order to break down the materials.
- Lay twigs/hay/sticks at the bottom of your bin to aid with drainage
- Layer damp and dry layers, Dry layers include leaves and plant material, while damp layers include food scraps.
- Cover your bin to aid in the decomposition process.
- Make sure that your bin never becomes too dry. Leave it open to rain or water your bin on occasion.
- Make sure to “turn” or “mix” your pile every week to air out the material. This also makes sure that the decay process is evenly distributed
- Keep bin away from dogs. Also, if you’re worried about raccoons make sure your bin is securely covered
Have any other tips on composting? Comment them below!