We are all creators of waste, but it’s what we decide to do with it that makes all the difference. According to the EPA, more than 28% of the waste we send to landfills can be composted. Not only does composting reduce your carbon footprint, but it also serves as a free source of nutrients for your garden – reducing the need for chemical fertilizers and encouraging long-term soil health.
All you need to get started is three things – brown materials (e.g., leaves, yard waste, shredded paper and cardboard), green materials (e.g., fresh grass clippings, fruit and vegetable scraps, lint, tea and coffee grounds) and water.
- Choose a place
Find a dry, shady spot near a water source. Use a bin or chicken wire, or simply isolate a 3-foot by 3-foot area.
- Add ingredients
For best results, we recommend adding 75% brown materials (carbon) and 25% green materials (nitrogen). Make sure large materials are chopped/shredded, and try your best to alternate layers.
- Add water as needed
Make sure your compost pile stays damp like a sponge. Optional: Cover the top of your compost pile with a tarp to keep it moist.
- Keep it moving
Turn your compost every week to aerate it and speed up the process.
- Wait a while
When the compost appears dark and crumbly, it’s ready to use in your garden, lawn and houseplants! Depending on the size of your compost pile and how often you turn it, this process could take anywhere from two months to two years.
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