Environmental Issues - Composting
Compost is one of nature's best mulches and soil additives. The great part is, composting is cheap and easy. Here are some good tips to get started Composting:
- Find a spot in your yard that is out of the way, but easy to get to. Also a good idea to be near a source of water.
- Place your purchased or homemade compost bin in your chosen location. Check with your local municipal office. Many have compost bins you can purchase at a much reduced price.
- You need four ingredients for your composter to work: Air, Water, Green "stuff" and Brown "stuff".
- Brown "stuff" - dead and dried leaves, plants, grass clippings, pine needles.
- Green "stuff" - Vegetable and fruit scraps from kitchen, fresh grass clippings, weeds.
- Coffee grinds and paper filters can be added to your compost bin.
- Dryer lint is OK to add to your bin.
- Eggshells may be added.
- Do not add dairy products, meat, bones, fats or oils.
- Layer your ingredients in your compost bin, about six inches deep for each layer.
- Sprinkle each layer with water. Each layer needs to be wet.
- You can speed up the composting process by mixing each week. It is a good idea to turn or mix your compost to provide more air.
- Add new Brown "stuff" and Green "stuff" weekly.
- Don't let your compost dry out. Compost needs moisture to keep the process active.
- Too much of any one material will slow down the composting process down. Try to balance out your Brown and Green "stuff".
- Avoid adding any garden plants that may be diseased.
- Keep a small bucket with a lid under your sink to hold your kitchen scraps for the composter. Once full, you can then bring out and dump into your bin.
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