Convenient composting right in your kitchen


We hear a lot about compost these days. It is hands down, the best cheap garden fertilizer and is also great for the environment. On the other hand, keeping your collected food scraps in the kitchen can be smelly, messy, and inconvenient.

However, there is an easy way to keep compost bins within reach while still keeping the mess at a minimum. A simple bin can be placed out of site within a modified 18", right next to your garbage bin. Simply lift the lid and drop your food waste into the eco-friendly, biodegradable bag.

 

What is compost?

Compost creates beneficial humus (rich, highly fertile soil) from decomposed food waste. It brings nutrients to plants and helps soil retain moisture. By introducing the right mix of microscopic bacteria which help aerate soil, it helps break down organic materials to help plants grow and stay disease free.

By recycling our food waste, we help to preserve our environment. One-fourth of all landfill waste is comprised of compostable materials. It's also a lot healthier for your home gardens. By using compost instead of chemical fertilizers, you are replacing organic material with new organic material, rather than introducing possibly toxic chemicals into the environment.

 
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How do I start?

You can compost pretty much any food waste from your kitchen, with the exception of meat, bones, fish scraps, or pet waste. Wood ash, tea leaves, coffee grounds, table scraps; they can all go into the bin.

Once your kitchen's compost bin starts to fill up, you can start a small compost pile in your yard. It's fairly easy, and doesn't require hardly any materials to start.

  1. Create a small area in a corner of your yard. Clear the ground so that your compost pile is built on bare earth.  This allows for worms and beneficial organisms already in the soil help in the decomposition process.
  2. Lay down some twigs or straw. This is for drainage and aeration, preventing too much mold and allowing your compost to properly decompose.
  3. Throw your bags of compostable waste onto the pile. Do the research to ensure the bags you use breakdown quickly.
  4. Keep the pile damp. If you aren’t having a rainy fall and winter, just hose it down every few weeks.  Toss the bags around a little with a pitchfork every month.
  5. By the following summer, you should have a pile of lovely, nutritious humus to spread all over your rose garden or across your lawn.
Julianna Jewell