Thursday, August 19

Composting Tips....

We have these composting bins.  That I really need to pay more attention to, I really think they are hungry.  My usual excuse there is no time, but seriously it takes no time at all to take your scraps and leaves and yard trimmings and throw them in the bin. 

So, we have been getting more active with it, Jeremiah thinks it's cool.  He's my runner, whom I usually hand a bowl of leftover or too ripe fruits and veggies to dump in the backyard. 

It's that easy. 

Here are some tips and a little more on composting if this is something you've been thinking about.  

There are lot's of benefits, but mainly, it's natures way of recycling

There are 3 different composting methods:

Active composting-where you turn the compost pile regularly and maintain moisture and a certain temperature (sounds hard)

Vermicomposting- which means composting with worms...I won't get into this one...I don't like slimy crawly creatures

and then there is Passive Composting- it takes a long time, but really all you have to do is throw the right stuff in the bin.  It will eventually turn to compost (this is what we are doing). 

Things that go in your compost:

50% should be greens like grass clippings, yard trimmings, fruit and veggie scraps, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags and egg shells. (the best stuff to use is organic ingredients)

what was waiting for us after our trip to San Diego...gross!!! 

50% should be browns like wood, dried leaves, ground up branches, straw, hay,  shredded paper or cardboard

Things that don't go in your compost:

Meat, fish, poultry, bones, dairy products
oils, grease and lard
dog and cat poop
treated wood products
colored paper

It will also need occasional watering, try to keep it damp but not wet.

Sites/Sources that are SO VERY helpful if you are trying to compost:

Composting 101 gives you troubleshooting tips + more on what and what not to put in your compost

Simple Mom shares a great way on how to make your own compost bin

if your kids insist on composting with worms PBS kids "The Greens" show you how to kitchen compost (with worms)

Solana's Center composting blog


Mari Nuñez said...

I am so glad you are sharing this. I do it your way to. It's great, and it is the best compost to use for home grown fruits and vegetables.

Have a great weekend :)

Liz said...

Hmm, never thought about this.

Thanks for the tips! (:

Denisse said...

I love the idea!! I want to try it!!

Madeline said...

Once we finish this house redo, we're tackling the yard. A compost bin is in the plans for sure.

Unknown said...

These are so helpful. I've always wanted to compost but I haven't done it yet. It's good to have all these tips in one post cause when I need them I'll know where to go. I'll bookmark it for sure!

Lisa Renata said...

Wow! Marcela thanks for the tips. We have a leaves, grass clippings and wood compost, but have yet to start one with food. We need to.

Now I am motivated!


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