Are you tired of always having your trash overflowing at pick up time?
We were, until we discovered how easy compositing your organic material really is.
You will love it and your plants will love it. No single chemical fertilizer
or animal manure by itself can match the goodness of nutrient-rich, homemade
compost. This page gives some ideas that can make compositing
interesting. Composting helps with fertilizing that helps your gardening that helps grow your chilis to use in your hot sauce.
Composting isn't the usual sort of thing we cover in our discussions.
It isn't new and has been used in farming for over four millennia.
But we all need to do something positive for the environment and this is our thing.
Using our organic waste to help grow our garden and feed our worms.
Forget buying expensive fertilizers when you can make your very own.
We will also let you in on our own little secret.
You can use paper shredded by your security shredder in your compost.
Read on and we will show you how.
We already throw out thousands of tons of organic waste that ends up as landfill.
This is a waste (pun intended).
Look at what you are throwing out. Almost half of our rubbish consists of kitchen and garden waste.
Composting benefits for the environment
The benefits of composting to the environment would seem self-obvious.
However, there have been scientific studies conducted to determine if there is an overall net benefit.
Indeed, the US Army conducted a large scale evaluation for military bases
These are their findings, amongst other things;
Installations could decrease their reliance on dwindling landfill space by as much as 50% by implementing a compost program.
Large quantities of yard waste (green waste), selected food wastes, and other organics can be composted in an inexpensive, simple, outdoor windrow system.
Grasscycling is a simple and natural approach to recycling grass. It saves time (no more bagging), valuable landfill space, and disposal costs, and it enhances the nutrient content of the soil.
Backyard composting is an extremely practical and cost-effective method for managing yard wastes and some food wastes from single-family housing areas.
Diversion of compostable municipal solid waste streams from landfills could greatly aid military installations in meeting local solid waste reduction goals.
How to Compost your Organic Material
Do you want to turn your rubbish into fertilizer?
Are you confused about how to start composting or would like a reminder of the steps to kicking the composting process off?
Many local governments and non-profit organizations publish free how-to guides on composting.
Searching you local government's website should give you plenty of material.
We have provided links to these here.
There are lots of different ways to compost. I am currently using an underground
worm farm for our composting. This is a very low maintenance operation that has been
going for about a year now. We do occasionally fill the pit to the brim with scraps.
After a week or so the scraps have compressed down.
3 ways to increase your composting
Composting & Recycling Paper
Grimy paper is good for composting
Gooey paper is good for composting
Promoting Composting in your Community
Home Composting Handbook
gives clear guidance on how to promoting home composting in
your community. A public workshop on home composting is an effective way to educate
people about how to compost and to give them an opportunity to raise their questions
and concerns. This handbook gives invaluable tips on how to run a good workshop and
answers to frequently asked questions. This will save many hours in preparing your