Friday, September 10, 2010

How To Start Composting

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I don't know about you but I feel guilty about the amount of food that gets thrown away at my house. Experts say Americans throw away about 40% of our food. One thing that we can all do, besides not over buying at the grocery, is to compost our raw fruits and veggies that somehow wilted in the back of the fridge before we got around to eating them. 

Here's how it works at my house. See those eggshells? They came from my chickens, that I fed lettuce and weeds from my garden (along with the thousands of bugs they forage every day). The lettuce and other extras from the garden or the kitchen that my chickens ate  daily were fertilized with the compost I worked on last year. One of the main ingredients in my compost pile is the manure (along with pine shavings) from the coop. That little cycle thing? That's the beautiful part.

 This is the handy compost bucket I keep under the sink. It has a charcoal filter in the lid which keeps it from smelling.

make pallets into compost bins

If you keep chickens then composting is the best use of the manure and used shavings.


Not only food scraps go in but also full vacuum bags, ashes from the fireplace, grass clippings, leaves, weeds, waste from the coop, and coffee grounds. You don't just toss your additions on top of the pile, you need to mix them in so as not to attract unwanted visitors. Occasionally water and turn your pile and you'll be rewarded with beautiful black, nutrient dense compost that your garden will love.


There are some very nice and unobtrusive compost bins on the market; I just made the one at the top of this post out of some pallets and held it all together with strong wire. Since then someone has given me a sleeker black one that can sit inside the garden. The compost pile is a perfect place to empty the contents from your shredder.



There is a little science to it, so here's a link to more about that.

7 comments:

  1. tell mr. snarky that he should appreciate you... and he will never find a girl as smart as his mom! thanks for the lesson, housewife. we all need your wisdom. i am forwarding this to my husband. hopefully your pictures will inspire him!

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  2. Nothing wrong with "over-thinking" (doing it right). And by the looks of it, you sure are. Kudos!

    -tyler

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  3. That's a great idea for garden

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    1. Thanks, Jenny! It also helps you feel less guilty about throwing away the lettuce that went bad in the back of the fridge.

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