Composting: So Many Options, So Few Rules
Composting is easy, produces concrete benefits (excellent compost and fresher smelling garbage cans), and helps protect your sewer/septic system. Apartment-dwellers and homeowners alike can compost.
There are just a few basic rules to follow when composting.
- Compost vegetable scraps, egg shells (but not eggs), coffee grounds/used tea bags, and even newspaper (but shred it first)
- DO NOT compost meat, bones, animal fats
- Think 50/50: try to maintain roughly a 50 percent green to brown mix in your compost pile. Green = veggie scraps, etc. Brown = leaves, straw, dirt. You need a good mix of both green and brown to make good compost.
- Stir that pile every now and then. The more you stir it, the faster you will get compost.
- Add a little water if the pile gets dry.
- Give it time.
Good compost isn’t created in a day, or even a week. It’s smart to have a couple of piles going at once, since you will want to “retire” one pile after a while and let everything in it age to compost-y perfection. Keep stirring the “retired” pile to help the contents biodegrade.
- Wood pallets. These designs can be complicated or not. I prefer not, so check out these instructions:
- Lots of composting options in one spot:
- The Little House on the Prairie Version (if plastic had been invented then):
- Buy a ready-made composter (tons of options):
Interested in Worm Composting?
Here’s a great tutorial for getting started:
Whatever direction your composting efforts take you, be cautioned. Composting is a gateway drug for other “green” practices. Before you know it, you will be recycling like crazy, planting a home garden, and collecting rainwater.