How to Begin Composting Today
Composting is probably one of the easiest ways to reduce your garbage. Since beginning to compost we have gotten rid of our kitchen garbage can and instead have a small bin that basically houses food packaging that cannot be recycled. We take our garbage out maybe every 2 weeks and the can gets put on the curb once a month, and that is only because of fruit flies, not because it’s full.
In addition to reducing our waste, composting has given us really nutrient rich soil for growing plants and veggies!
Now to be honest, I was reticent to try composting. Mostly because I didn’t know anything about it! As a result of my lack of knowledge I feared that it would be difficult, messy, or worse- stinky! I am here to tell you it is none of those things. In fact things are less stinky because the fruits and veggies aren’t sitting in a trash can for extended periods of time.
Now before we dive in I want to clarify that I am here to talk to you about cold composting. Cold composting is simply gathering yard waste and organic food waste (more to come on that below) and letting it decompose naturally in a space outside or in a bin. If you are interested in warm composting, I applaud you and your serious efforts, but unfortunately this blog post is not for you.
you will want a bin of sorts to collect organic, or green, waste. These things include fruit scraps, veggie scraps, coffee ground, tea bags (not the string or tag!), eggshells, and plant or grass clippings. Typically the grass/plant clippings go straight to our outdoor pile but our organic kitchen waste and coffee grounds go into this bin. What I love most about this bin is that it has a charcoal filter so it eliminates all smells!
you are going to combine your green and brown waste items into a large bin or pit outside. We have a pit, we simply dug down a bit and put up some wire fencing around it to help keep its shape. It lacks curb appeal but certainly gets the job done!
you will want to tend to your pit regularly. Once a week or so we go out and add some water to the pit and turn it over (think stirring). This allows air to get in and helps with the decomposition. You will know you are doing something right when you begin to notice worms in your pile.
Over time (about a six months to a yearish), you will notice your pit begins to resemble soil more and more. You can then add some of this really nutrient dense soil to your pots and beds to allow for beautiful growth.
I made this freebie for you if you are interested in composting! We keep it on our fridge as a reminder of what to compost and what to throw away!