Amber’s Post: A Gift That Keeps Giving

compostWith holiday celebrations among us, meal preparation is inevitable. With cooking comes food scraps and heavy trashes. Before you throw away everything from vegetable and fruit peelings to teabags and eggshells, consider the benefits of composting.

When waste is sent to a landfill, air cannot get to the organic matter. Therefore, as the waste breaks down it creates a harmful greenhouse gas, methane. This gas damages the Earth’s atmosphere. However, when this waste is composted above ground at home, oxygen helps the waste to decompose aerobically, which means no methane is produced.

Follow these steps to implement composting in your home!

–       Finding the Right Spot: Your compost bin should be placed in a reasonably sunny site. Choose a place where you can easily add ingredients, but also take the compost out.

–       WHAT to add? Pick up a container from your local hardware store, or simply convert an old bin to be a designated composting pile.  You can fill this bin with “greens”, such as vegetables peelings, old flowers, coffee grounds and grass cuttings, along with “browns”, such as paper towels, cereal boxes, or egg shells.

–       Empty your bin: A 50/50 mix of greens and browns is the perfect recipe for good compost. You can empty your kitchen remnants with your garden waste into your compost bin outside.

–       Worth the wait: it takes about 9-12 months for your compost to become ready for use. While you wait keep adding greens and browns!

–       Is it ready yet? Once your pile has turned into a crumbly, dark material, resembling thick, moist soil and gives off an earthy, fresh aroma, you know it’s ready to use.

–       Use your compost! Scoop out some fresh compost with a garden fork, and use it to feed the borders in your garden, or simply feed your lawn!

Also, if you want to compost, but don’t have a garden, or don’t have the space to start your own composting pile, there’s programs such as Mr. Fox, which my roommates and I use—they’ll provide you with a bin, liner, and weekly or bi-weekly pickup of your organic waste! Check them out at https://mrfoxcomposting.com.

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