Composting

Composting Saves Food Waste from Our Landfills

Making compost keeps food scraps and garden waste out of our landfills.  Our landfills are filling up very quickly and our organic wastes don’t decompose so quickly or easily in landfills.  So much is wasted when we throw these wastes in the trash.  Their goodness can be composted to create valuable soil amendments for our houseplants, flower gardens and vegetable patches.

Compost Your Kitchen Scraps to Add to Your Garden

Our kitchen scraps and garden wastes including autumn leaves have a tremendous amount of goodness in them.  The trick is to compost them to create rich, dark compost.  Sometimes it is a little tricky to get the right mix so that the compost doesn’t turn into a slimy, smelly mess which is entirely possible.

I Recommend Two Different Composters

I use 2 different composters that I recommend.  I have been creating great compost from each one.  One is the Sun-Mar 200 50-Gallon Rotating Compost Bin. You can read more about my experiences with the Sun-Mar as a continuous composter.  The other composter that I really like is the Compact Compost Tumbler  This compost tumbler creates larger batches of compost than the Sun-Mar.  Each of these composting tumblers works very well and has different advantages.  The Sun-Mar creates small amounts of compost continuously.  And the Compostumbler creates larger batches of compost that take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months depending on your mixture of greens and browns and the size of the materials that you put in.

Update on the Sun-Mar Continuous Composter 7/2/13

After using the Sun-Mar composter for over two years I see that it is a great composter:

  • You can put a LOT of kitchen scraps in it.  It keeps composting as long as you add your browns or carbons to it.  I see complaints about other composters, that at some point you have to stop adding kitchen scraps so the compost can finish composting.  With this composter, because it is a continuous composter, you can keep adding scraps and you keep getting compost.
  • It produces small amounts of compost at a time so you are not overwhelmed with where to put a big load of compost that you get all at once.

There are a few keypoints to remember.

Important Points About Having a Compost Bin

There are 2 very important things to know about composting:

  • Keep it aerobic. Aerobic means with oxygen.  That means you should turn your pile to aerate it or use a compost tumbler.  Other ways of aeration are to have slats or openings in the side of your bin or use some sticks in your pile to create air pockets.  The organisms that create compost use oxygen!
  • Keep a balance of greens and browns which represent carbon and nitrogen.  In plain English this means use kitchens scraps with a carbon source such as shredded leaves, sawdust, paper, peat moss, coconut coir etc.  If you only put in kitchen scraps you will definitely have a slimy, smelly mess.

Use the search bar or the categories and recent posts on the right hand side to read and learn more about gardening and composting.  It is an exciting process and there is a lot of interesting information on  this Gardening Worm Composting blog!  Check us out!