A compost bin is an amazing addition to your garden, helping you to be less wasteful and create valuable compost for your garden. Food waste scraps, grass clippings, tree leaves, woody prunings, and much more can be added to compost bins to save on items going to landfill and produce great compost!
Composting not only reduces waste in landfills but also improves your back garden at home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “compost is organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow.” That means bigger produce, prettier flowers, and a healthier garden can come at no extra cost to you once you start saving your family’s scraps and turning them into “plant food.”
If you follow these easy steps and you’ll be amazed at the change in your garden, and the amount of food waste you throw away will drastically be reduced, too.
Why should I compost?
It’s one of the most effective ways to minimize the amount of waste your family sends to the landfill. Around 30% of what we throw away are food scraps and garden waste, says the EPA. Not only does this reduce methane gas, which is a major factor in global warming, but composting also control’s bin odor. And the biggest payoff, you will be left with a rich fertilizer you can use in your own garden or donate to your favorite cause.
How can I set up a composting bin or pile?
Choose an outdoor space for your compost, you will need at least 3 feet of space, and a bin. A closed bin is a good choice if you’re worried about the way your compost pile will look (or smell)! You can easily make a container, order one online, or buy one at your local gardening shop. Look for a bin that’s about 3 feet wide and not much taller than your waist. Use chicken wire if you would like to protect your bin from animals such as foxes.
What can I compost?
You can add almost anything from your kitchen and garden, some surprising organic material includes eggshells, cut flowers, coffee grounds (and paper filters), old newspapers, tea, and tea bags, hair (from pets and your own hairbrush!), and even matches.
The trick is to aim for equal amounts of “green” waste and “brown” waste to keep your compost healthy. “Green” waste includes moist matter like fruits and vegetables and “brown” waste is dry matter can be items like wood shavings, dry leaves, or even old newspapers. Maintaining a balance is important because “brown” materials are rich in carbon, feeding the organisms that break down the scraps and “green” materials supply nitrogen which is key for building the cell structure of your new soil.
Your compost also needs oxygen and moisture. Without air, your pile will start to rot and smell. Moisture helps break everything down; sprinkle the compost with water every now and then, unless your scraps are wet enough on their own. With the right mixture, your compost should smell like nothing but earthy dirt.
Is there anything I can’t compost?
While they are compostable, dairy or animal products (even animal bones) will start to smell and attract pests, so toss those in your bin as normal. The same goes for fats, oils, and pet waste. Also, if you have a disease or insect ridden plant, don’t add it to the pile, it could contaminate your compost, making it unusable.
How long does composting take?
Over a few weeks, your food scraps will turn into soil. Turn your mixture over every week or two with a shovel or garden fork to mix it up. If you’re not seeing progress after a few weeks, add more “green” material and make sure you’re keeping the pile moist. If it’s smelly and wet, add more “brown” material and turn the compost more frequently. Also, break apart any big materials (like branches) to keep air flowing. Your compost is ready when it looks and smells like soil!
How can I use my compost?
Incorporate it into your garden beds or sprinkle it on top. Remember, compost is not a replacement for your soil, but rather acts as a natural fertilizer to nurture your soil and plants, so add it a couple of times a year for best results.
Do I need to add worms to my compost pile?
You do not need to add worms to your compost pile. Outside, composting happens with and without the help of earthworms. Worms will usually find their own way to a compost pile.
There are lots of good reasons to compost. It saves money, saves resources, can help to improve your soil, and can reduce your impact on the environment. Did you know, composting at home for just one year can save global warming gases equivalent to all the CO2 your kettle produces annually, or your washing machine produces in three months?
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