Composting is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to cut back on the amount of garbage that leaves your house to sit in a landfill. Whether you live on acres or are confined to an apartment, there is a way to reuse your food scraps that will work for you.
If you don’t compost, you are seriously missing out, because it is an amazing fertilizer, it’s free, and it’s completely natural. Remember all of that talk about the circle of life? That’s what compost is! This may just be my opinion, but if you have a garden of any size you should absolutely positively compost. If you don’t have a garden don’t be discouraged, because you can still utilize this “black gold” in your houseplants and be the envy of your friends. (Don’t have any indoor plants? You should check out this article that I just found on how houseplants purify your air and the top 20 ones to own)
Making your space work for you:
Even in the smallest of spaces you can find sanitary ways to set up a compost bin. Can you clear a space out under your sink or simply a space on the counter? If you do a search on Amazon for “Countertop Composter” there are a ton of options, most under $30, for stylish and practical containers to keep your compost in.
(These pictures are composters available at Amazon.com)
Don’t think that you have to have an elaborate, store bought system, either. With just a little bit of research and a few inexpensive purchases you can make your own system.
There are so many websites and bloggers out there that offer advice on how to make virtually anything. My goal isn’t to redirect you all over the internet, but there is so much information on this topic that I can’t possibly cover it all here, so I recommend checking out the following articles as a jumping off point in your composting career.
- Gardening 101: Make Your Own Compost A well rounded article including what to put in, what not to put in, how to prepare it, how to make a bin. It’s got a little of everything!
- 75 Things you Can Compost, But Thought you Couldn’t The following list is meant to get you thinking about your compost possibilities. Not every item on the list is for everyone, and that’s fine. Imagine how much trash we could prevent from going into the landfills if each of us just decided to compost a few more things. Here are 75 ideas to get you started
- A Lazy Man’s Guide to Compost Making compost that your plants will love is quite easy. You don’t need an expensive bin or a fancy compost tumbler. All you really need is an enclosure of some kind and the organic ingredients to create black gold. I’ll show you how to build a super simple compost bin (that just might not cost you a dime), what to put in your compost bin, how to make compost tea, and more.
A) Composting. Do it.
B) A good rule of thumb for novices is to KISS. No meat, no dairy, only plants (produce, leaves, grass). Sure, at some point you want to do research and find out more about it like ratios of brown:green matter, but don’t forfeit doing anything because you’re intimidated by advice that was overly complicated.
Did you know?…
Millions of tons of fruit and vegetables rot in fields and orchards or are plowed over each year. Some of these edible crops are left behind because they are misshapen or discolored.
Major retail grocery chains are more likely to throw away fruits, vegetables and even entire hams and roasts than donate to distribution centers. Although federal and state laws protect grocers from liability, many stores expressed concerns that donated food could sicken recipients, even if it has yet to reach its expiration date. While some major chains donate food, others do not.
Restaurants dump tens of thousands of tons of edible food every year. The vast majority of the state’s 90,000 restaurants and eateries do not participate in food donation programs. Compost and Food Waste by California Watch
I have another post coming up on vermicomposting, which is composting with worms. Be sure to check it out because it’s a pretty cool thing. If there was any part of you that thought “ew, worms!” then watch just like, 15 seconds of this video, because I promise that it’ll change your perspective of them!