Rebecca Pezzatto  /   05/10/2021

Composting At Home: A Beginner’s Guide

You might have always wanted to try composting at home. It’s too complicated so you keep shutting it down. It takes too long or it can stink up the whole place. Nobody wants any of that, but those things are only true if you do it the wrong way. The right way to start composting is just to take a very simple approach. Use things you already have at home. In this post, we will break down the basics for you to start composting at home!

In the simplest terms, compost is organic materials like food and plant waste, that when added to the soil can help improve its nutrients and water retention to help plants grow healthier. It’s one of the most natural ways you can make your garden grow better.

Your compost will require three basic ingredients: the browns, the greens, and water.

The browns are dead leaves, branches, twigs that provide carbon. The greens are vegetable waste, grass clippings, fruit scraps, coffee grounds that provide nitrogen. The water provides moisture to break down the organic matter. Having the right amount of these ingredients is important for compost development. Your compost pile needs to have an equal amount of browns and greens! You should also make sure to alternate layers of organic materials of different-sized particles.

To start your own compost pile, you should try to use some of the things from your kitchen and yard that would normally go into the landfill or trash. You don’t have to feel wasteful about stuff on your fridge that you didn’t quite get to use or that started to go bad. Also, you can use peels and skins from fruits and vegetables. Things like eggshells, coffee grounds, tea bags, paper, cardboard, grass clippings, houseplants, yard trimmings, leaves, wood chips, and cotton are all good to put on your compost pile.

Some materials can’t be composted!

Dairy products like butter, milk, yogurt, charcoal ashes, fat, grease and oils, meat and fish bones, pet waste cannot be in your compost pile. Even yard trimmings treated with chemical pesticides. These materials can release substances that might be harmful to plants, create the strong odor you want to avoid at all costs, and attract flies and rodents. It also might contain parasites, bacteria, and germs harmful to humans and might kill beneficial composting organisms. Make sure to do your research before you add materials to your compost pile. You don’t want all your hard work to literally go to waste!

Composting has many benefits, from adding rich nutrients to your soil to recycling. Food scraps and yard waste together generally make up more than 30% of what we throw away in the garbage. All of that can be composted instead. Composting at home keeps these materials out from where they would take up a lot of space, reducing landfill waste, and preventing from releasing methane gas, which is prejudicial to the planet.

After a few months of composting at home, you’re gonna have a beautiful homemade compost that you can spread on your flower beds and plant pots. It might seem small, but it’s important to remember that any lifestyle change can have a large impact. Both your garden and the environment will be happy with your hard work. You’ll certainly feel like you truly turned trash into treasure!

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