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 the Compostumbler

I use one composter that I recommend.  I have been creating great compost with this one. This compost tumbler creates large batches of compost and works very well and has different advantages.  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.

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.

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