Composting is a great way to make your daily life more eco-friendly. Instead of throwing food scraps and other biodegradable items in the trash, where it will end up in the landfill, you can compost these items instead. Composting is fairly easy, and with a good setup, it can quickly become part of your daily household habits.
What You’ll Need
~ Compost Bin
~ Compost Crock
~ Tools for turning the compost
~ optional – compost accelerator
You don’t need much to get started. The main thing you’ll need is a compost bin, which you can purchase at places like a garden center. You can also find nice compost bins online such as the Soil Saver Classic Compost bin or the Redmon Culture 65 Gallon Compost Bin at stores such as Amazon or Gardener’s supply.
I also recommend a countertop composting crock. This way, you can have a container for kitchen scraps that you only have to empty periodically. The bin can go on the counter, under the sink, or wherever is convenient. Once it is full, you can bring it outdoors to the compost bin.
How to Get Started
Start by setting up your compost bin outdoors. You will want to pick somewhere convenient, since you will have to take out the compost regularly. However, you may not want it too close to your home either, as it may not be particularly attractive. The compost bin should not have a regular bad odor, but it can also put off some smell especially when it is freshly turned.
Once you have selected your location outdoors, be sure to have a collection system in place indoors. A ceramic or stainless steel compost crock can be placed on a countertop or under the sink, and gives you a place to collect scraps without having to constantly run back and forth to the compost bin.
There are also systems like the BioBag Composting Bucket, which comes with compostable liners, so that you aren’t constantly washing out a smelly composting crock.
Be sure to turn your compost regularly.
Make sure that the compost is not completely dry or completely saturated. You will want the mix to be moderately moist.
You can add in some yard waste, such as grass clippings or leaves, but not too much, as you will want to have a good balance.
Avoid items that may not biodegrade well, such as coconut shells. You can also chop up larger or more solid items to aid in the composting process, such as corn cobs.
It may take a while to build up enough material to have an activity decomposing compost pile. However, you can use a compost accelerator as needed to start or aid in the process.
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