Monday, November 7, 2011

Compost

I've been thinking about composting for some time now but was never really committed to the idea until now. I intend on having a flower garden next spring and could use some fresh soil in my yard + I need to get rid of my smelly fruit trashcan problem and composting helps with both!
At the most basic level, composting is just piling up materials outside and waiting for them to break down but if you get online and start looking at how to really do it, the suggestions can be a bit overwhelming. Lucky for me, Aunt Kim has been composting for 10 + years and has all the info I need.
Kim has two separate compost bins, one that is a giant box with a lid and one that spins with a handle.



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As a first time composter (and home renter) I'm not quite ready to get anything that substantial but Kim had great idea to cut the bottom out of a large trashcan, bury it a few inches underground and then cut holes in the side. It took us about 5 minutes to make the whole thing and it actually works!


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I've been throwing fruits, vegetables and yard trimmings into the compost bin for the last 6 weeks and they are decomposing! As lame as this sounds, having a compost bin has been really exciting. It's nice to see something that I (well, Aunt Kim) made actually working. I found a list online of 10 great reasons to compost. Check it out...


10 Good Reasons Why You Should Compost:

1. Yard and food waste make up 30% of the waste stream. Composting your kitchen and yard trimmings helps divert that waste from the landfill, waterways and water treatment facilities.
2. You will significantly reduce pest problems–and your use of pesticides.
3. Healthy plants from healthy soil look better, produce better and have a much greater ability to fight off pests and diseases.
4. Adding organic materials to the soil improves moisture retention.
5. Adding decomposed organic material to the soil feeds beneficial organisms.
6. Compost amends both sandy and clay soils.
7. Compost provides a balanced, slow–release source of nutrients that helps the soil hold nutrients long enough for plants to use them.
8. Composting saves money–you avoid the cost of buying soil conditioners, bagged manure etc.
9. Feeding your plants well will improve your own diet. Plants grown in depleted soils have a reduced nutrient content.
10.Home composting is a valuable tool in educating children about nature and the cycle of life.




Like the idea of composting? Give it a try! It's so easy!!

We made it back from Charleston safely and are back to our regular schedules. Hope everyone is having a great Monday!

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