With spring in full swing and Earth Day just passed, Now is the perfect time to start thinking about ways to reduce our environmental impact and live more sustainably. One easy and effective way to do this is by composting.
Composting is the process of breaking down organic materials like food scraps, yard waste, and paper into nutrient-rich soil. Not only does this reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills, but it also creates a valuable resource for your garden or plants.
Here are some composting tips to get you started:
Choose a composting method that works for you. There are many ways to compost, including using a bin, trench composting, or vermiculture (using worms to break down organic materials).
Collect food scraps and yard waste in a container. Keep a container with a lid in your kitchen to collect food scraps like vegetable peels, fruit cores, and coffee grounds. Add yard waste like leaves and grass clippings as well.
Mix green and brown materials. Composting requires a balance of green materials like food scraps and yard waste, and brown materials like leaves and paper. Aim for a ratio of about 3 parts brown to 1 part green.
Turn or mix your compost regularly. This helps aerate the compost and speeds up the breakdown process. I also like to use a compost enzyme mixed with water and also a fish fertilizer mixed with water. I add it once a month during the warmer months of the year and stir.
Use your finished compost in your garden. Once your compost has turned into dark, crumbly soil, it's ready to use in your garden or potted plants.
Composting is a great way to reduce waste and create a valuable resource for your garden. So why not give it a try this year? Let's make our planet a better place one compost pile at a time.