Have you been considering composting in your home? Many have chosen to start this activity to help reduce their carbon footprint, but it also has another of other amazing benefits. Not only does composting reduce landfill waste, it can be used as fertilizer for your plants and gardens, reducing your reliance on factory-made fertilizers and chemicals.
What to Compost?
Set Up a DIY Compost Bin
If you don’t have space for an outdoor compost pile, you can make one by recycling or buying a plastic bin. Use a drill to make 8 to 10 small homes in the bottom of the container for aeration. Then, you will create your base with shredded newspaper or dry leaves until the container is about ¼ full. Next, you will add dirt on top until the container is ½ full, toss in your food scraps or paper products to compost, stir with a shovel and moisten it with lukewarm water. Lastly, you’ll want to drill holes in the top of the bin and find a shady place for it to sit.
How Long Does Compost Take to Mature?
The composting process varies depending on the size of your compost pile and what you put in it, and how you tend to it. For example, egg shells can last many years before they decompose. Turning a pile improves aeration and helps move larger parts to the center where it can decompose faster. Turning the materials in your pile once a week will add the needed air for microorganisms. Investing in a compost tumbler can make this process quicker and easier.
Tips for Success
It’s important to keep the compost moist by watering occasionally, so it isn’t soggy or waterlogged. For a successful compost pile, avoid anything containing meat, oil, fat, dairy or grease. Composting at home not only adds nutrients to soil, it reduces landfill waste, saving fuel and energy. Get started composting today!