Composting Tips & DIY Composting
Composting is nature’s way of using fermentation to transform difficult-to-digest food scraps and compounds into useable materials for rebuilding the soil. That’s a good thing because food scraps make up 20 percent to 30 percent of what we throw away and are the largest category of municipal solid waste hauled away to the nearest landfill, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
You’d be surprised at all the materials that can be thrown into your compost container.
Here’s a Partial List:
Some things you don’t want to put in your indoor compost container are dairy products (yogurt, milk, and cottage cheese), meat scraps, fish bones, grease, and leftover oils because that will create odor problems and attract flies. Pet manure is another no-no.
While the aforementioned items are compostable, they are best incorporated into an outdoor composting operation.
The great news about composting is that you can compost just about anywhere. It doesn’t matter where you live. Even apartment and condo dwellers can compost without a back yard or balcony. All you need is a compost bin with a pair of lids, some old newspaper, food scraps, water, and a handful of worms (optional)—preferably red wigglers, the worms of choice for composting.
For Outdoor Composting:
And it all turns into rich topsoil. Astonishing what those earthworms can do, right?
If You Are Composting Indoors:
Now you can witness nature’s fermentation in action with DIY composting!
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