Saturday, November 26, 2011

Simple Composting - All Year Round

Composting can be done by anyone, any time of the year, whether or not you have a garden.  Many towns/cities have kitchen scrap/leaf collecting programs, which helps divert a lot of garbage away from landfill.  

If you have a garden, you'll need fresh compost to renew your garden.   So why buy it when you can make your own?  As I have said in previous posts, nothing goes to waste in our house, not even the kitchen scraps we can't eat.   These scraps go into our small green bin that fits nicely under the kitchen sink and when full gets emptied into a larger compost bin outside.   We have four compost bins now in our yard, most of which we got for free on "large garbage days".  Large garbage days are special days where everyone can put out larger items for pickup - see my post on "large garbage days".    In the spring the bins get emptied into the gardens - rich compost helps put back the nutrients into the soil.   The bins slowly fill up again over the summer, fall and yes, even winter.   I keep a path to the outdoor bins shoveled from snow so they are easily accessible in the winter and I can keep adding kitchen scraps.   We saved several large bags of mulched up leaves from our big tree to layer the compost bins outside.  For every layer of kitchen scraps, a layer of leaves gets added.    I don't add any dairy, bones, meat, fish or anything with a lot of oil, or pet waste, as these items not only attract the racoons and other animals, but doesn't safely decompose.   Scraps that get added to our compost bins are: all vegetables, fruits, egg shells, tea bags, coffee grounds, to name a few.   At the end of the growing season, when the perennials get cut back, and annuals and vegetable plants get dug up - they also get added to the compost bins.   

By spring time we have filled up our compost bins and have rich dark compost ready for use in the gardens.
Indoor compost bin

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