Composting is a great way to recycle food scraps, yard waste and other organic materials. It’s cheap and easy to do, and it can reduce household waste significantly. Composting can even save you money on gardening supplies! However, if you’ve never composted before or don’t know where to start, it may seem overwhelming or like too much work for one person. In this post we’ll cover what composting is all about, how easy it is to make your own compost bin at home (or buy one), what ingredients are best for making good compost at home (and where you can find them cheaply)—plus tips on how often to turn over your bin contents so they don’t get moldy or smell bad!
What Is Composting?
Composting is the process of decomposing organic material, like vegetables and food scraps, into a nutrient-rich soil amendment. It’s an easy way to recycle your kitchen scraps without taking up any extra space in your home. The end result is a rich soil that can be used to grow new plants and flowers.
Here are five ways you can start composting today:
Ingredients of Good Composting
In order to get good compost, there are certain ingredients that you need. These are organic waste, carbon-rich materials and nitrogen-rich materials. Other things that help are water, air and additives.
- Organic waste: This includes vegetable trimmings and fruit scraps as well as grass clippings and leaves from around your yard. The best thing about these is that they don’t smell bad when you put them in the pile because they’re so high in moisture content!
- Carbon-rich materials: These include dried leaves and wood chips (which should be shredded first). You’ll also want to add some brown paper bags or cardboard boxes if you have them lying around; they work great at keeping all your scraps moist while they decompose.
- Nitrogen-rich materials: Good sources of this include straw or sawdust (not too much though!). It’s important not to use fungus logs (for example) because this will cause anaerobic conditions which lead to foul odors being produced by bacteria living in the compost pile!
How to compost at home: is it possible?
If you want to compost at home and make your own fertilizer for your garden, it is possible. However, if you are new to the idea of composting and have no idea where to start, we have compiled a list of tips that will help you along the way.
- Do not be intimidated by the thought of composting because it really is easy! If you have an understanding of what goes into creating good soil and healthy plants, then this can also help explain how a compost pile works.
- Composting takes time but will give back in spades with beautiful plants and flowers as well as healthy soil for future plantings.
- It’s important not to use any materials contaminated with chemicals or harmful bacteria when adding them into your bin or pile because these may contaminate the entire batch if not properly sterilized beforehand (and could even cause illness).
Where to Buy Good Compost
If you’re looking for compost, but don’t have the ability to make your own, there are many ways you can find it.
- Look in your community. There are usually compost centers or recycling businesses that will take away food scraps and other organic material at no charge. You can also check with local farmers who grow organic produce or community gardens to see if they accept food scraps as donations (if so, this would be an even better idea than purchasing the compost).
- Many companies sell packaged compost for all kinds of uses—from vegetable gardens to potted plants on window sills—that is made from recycled materials such as yard waste. These products may come from a single source or from several different sources; either way, they are likely safe for use in home gardens because they’ve been tested by professionals before being sold commercially.
You can use compost in many different ways, so don’t think of it as trash.
When you think of compost, you probably imagine a pile of rotting food. And while that may be true for some types of compost, it’s important to remember that there are many other ways to use it!
For example, did you know that compost is actually a great fertilizer? If so, then consider this: You can spread your home-made fertilizer on your garden or lawn to help improve the health and appearance of both. Another idea is to mix the compost into soil around houseplants—this will give them more nutrients than they would get from most commercial fertilizers!
Hopefully, this article has given you a better understanding of what composting is and how to get started with it. We know that it can seem like a lot of work, but think about all the benefits: no more trash! If you’re still on the fence, try finding some inspiration in these quotes from people who have made their homes into zero-waste havens: