Composting is a great way to introduce eco-friendly practices into your home. Composting is taking your scraps and transforming them into nutrient-rich fertilizer for your garden! This helps reduce waste in the landfills, and instead repurposes them to benefit your garden’s ecosystem and help you get delicious veggies. It’s important to remember that you cannot compost everything, here’s are list of do’s and don’ts for your compost pile:
Composting Do's & Dont's
- Do Compost:
Fruit and vegetable peels
Paper egg cartons
- Don't Compost:
A general rule is if you are not sure if you can compost something, Google is a great resource!
How to Compost
- Composting has many options. You can purchase a compost bin, you can make a pile in your backyard, or you can create your own bin.
- Making your own compost bin:
First, grab a bin and drill holes in the sides and top lid to let in oxygen. Add a layer of dirt into the bin to get the compost started, then add your scraps. Make sure your scraps are safe to put in the bin and add enough water to make the compost moist.
- Close the lid and rotate it once a week. Adding Red Wiggler worms will help speed up the composting process, but they are not necessary for a successful compost bin. Once the compost is dark brown and crumbles in your hand like soil, it’s ready to go into the garden.
- Reminder that compost bins naturally have an odor, so place your bin in an area that is not near your house guests!