Composting is the simple process of decomposing natural matter with microorganisms. It is a safe and rewarding way to recycle and do your part in protecting the environment. It also brings many benefits to your home, garden and indoor plants. Composting is easy if you follow a few simple steps:
Here is a little more detail to help you be on your way to a more sustainable life.
Compost can be held in any container or none at all. If you want to keep your compost outside, you can keep it in a closed garbage bin, box or crate. There are also bins specifically made for composting. If your outdoor compost is only going to hold organic matter and no food scraps, then you can opt for no bin and leave it in a pile in the corner of the yard for a more natural decomposition. For small compost piles kept in the house, consider a decorative ceramic jar for your countertop.
Composting makes cleaning out the fridge easier and trash loads lighter. Compost piles are forgiving, anything can be added and will be decomposed to a rich soil for your garden. To avoid a foul smell, it is best to NOT compost meats, fish, dairy, oils, fats, or diseased plants. Here are a common item you can add to your pile:
Compost piles should be turned every 3- 4 days to ensure all materials are decomposing. The ratio of water to compost materials should be 50-50. Within 1-2 months you should have usable compost.
Using your compost in your garden and indoor plants helps the health of your soil and can be a natural pesticide. Water your plants with compost tea to return nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. To make homemade liquid fertilizer, or compost tea, simply steep your compost in water for a few hours then drain and use the liquid on plants of choice.
Composting is easy and doesn't take time away from your day. It reduces organic waste in landfills, helping to reduce methane emissions into the environment. Try composting to help create a greener earth and add beauty to your garden and neighborhood.