Composting is an excellent way to reduce over 45% of your household waste and turn it into something that will be great to use in your garden.
1). Composting is really not as difficult as it is made out to be. In a nutshell you need a good mixture of layering of greens and browns.
- a. Greens include: fruit and veggies, green plants, weeds without seeds, coffee and tea
- b. Browns are fibrous and include: hair (dog hair as well as your own), dryer lint, string
- c. In betweens: Leaves and grasses are considered greens when first cut, but if they are allowed to dry, they then fit under the brown category. It is really a good idea to let grass clipping dry out before putting them into a composter as they become lighter, and will not squish the oxygen out.
2). It is important to keep your composter moist like a wrung out sponge (40-60% moisture). By keeping it moist, you will not attract mice, ants or wasps to it.
3). It is important to “poke” your composter, to help aerate it: once/twice a week during the summer months, and once a week thereafter.
4). There are some easy activators that you can get for free to help kick start your composting:a. Coffee grounds are great. To get a real jump, approach a coffee shop and ask them to hold their coffee grounds for you from the entire day.b. Put one cup of very healthy soil in the composterThere should be no smell at all if the above conditions are met. Here’s to reducing waste and making some great compost for your garden. In gratitude for all you do to make this world a better place.