A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Affordable, Easy Composting

Composting in the Garden? Don’t Forget Your Trowel

Guide to Backyard Composting

Composting is an easy and affordable way to strengthen the health of your soil in your garden. The easiest way to compost in your home is to break the process up into two categories; your kitchen compost and your yard compost. The kitchen compost is where you can toss scraps of food that didn’t quite make the cut on yesterday’s dinner plate or in the refrigerator drawers.

The yard compost has more heavy duty components, such as yard waste and other miscellany from the back- or front-yard, such as small tree branches, deadheaded roses, or weeds from the lawn.

The compost pile will need to be turned every once in a while to promote growth, but besides that, one can expect to do a lot of nothing, except adding more to the pile while waiting for the process to take shape. After approximately 6 months of diligent scrap accumulation, your compost pile will be ready to nourish your soil and become mulch for your trees and plants.

Benefits of Composting

Composting will not increase your own lifespan or vanquish your enemies, but it will strengthen the health of your soil by introducing biodiverse elements and new organisms to the culture of your garden. Composting is primarily a combination of dark rotting organic matter that has blessed your home area with its earthy stench, and the idea that we can live green even as we produce waste.

This can be turned into fertile soil to be used in the world’s best dahlia garden, or in the planter beds in your plain old backyard. Not only does composting reduce one’s contribution to landfill, but it also lightens your guilty conscience and allows you to have a fun new anecdote at your next dinner party.

Kitchen/Yard Composting Is Free

An easy way to recycle food scraps without stinking up your trash bin is to have a small to medium sized composting bin handy in your kitchen at all times. It is best if the compost bin also has a lid, which will minimize the sometimes nasty scent of leftover food. Just as you take out your trash when it is full, when your kitchen compost bin becomes too much, toss it onto the compost pile in your backyard.

This simple action allows new nutrients to enter the soil via food scraps that would have otherwise gone to waste! The only kitchen scraps that should not be included in the compost party bin are meat, fish, bones, cheese, salad dressing and leftover cooking oil. Egg shells are the exception.

In order to compost yard detritus, it is necessary to contain it in some way by creating a “mound” out of it. If you do not like the idea of having a mound of compost in your yard, then it is possible to place it in a large container. Compost bins can also be built with bricks, used pallets, or small-mesh fencing. It is not necessary to purchase a compost tumbler. Our way composting remains (fairly) free and affordable.

The Worm Hole Involved With Backyard Composting

If you aren’t squeamish and like the thought of feeding small squirming animals, then it might be fun and easy to add worms to your compost pile. They generally eat whatever your kitchen compost eats. Worms promote speedier processing of nutrients in the soil by adding bacteria and enzymes to the soil, and by physically breaking down the compost material. It is necessary to dispose of the worms before using the compost in your garden or yard, but you can do this by freezing the vermicompost before use.

Composting: The Answer to Life, the Universe, and… Everything?

The answer is not 42. Even though it is. But another way to get to that answer is to compost in your home, because by recycling and reducing your carbon footprint and contribution to landfills, you are indirectly helping reduce the contamination of oceans that are adversely affected by the slow creeping death crawl of landfill islands into the water. Composting is an easy way to make your home and garden eco-friendly, and greener than ever!

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