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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Composting 101: How to Easily Compost

Composting is basically a way of reusing your yard waste and table scraps to create rich soil. It happens all the time in nature and compost is simply decomposed organic material. In other words, it is the way nature breaks down and reuses things like dead trees and rotten fruit.

You can capitalize on this natural process and create your own free fertilized soil by reusing things that may otherwise end up in landfills. It’s also great because it allows you to reduce the need for chemical fertilizers.

Is composting for you? Of course it is! I can say this with confidence because there are many composting methods you can choose from and with so many easy ways to compost, why would you want to throw away all that valuable material?

Composting saves you money because you can use it for lots of things -- from helping improve the quality of soil in your yard and creating a rich garden bed to creating soil to help even out your lawn. Another reason I personally choose to compost is because I love teaching my kids about the circle of life this way and showing them the science of how nature reuses everything. Just imagine how much landfill waste we could all reduce by composting our own grass cuttings, leaves and table scraps!

Composting can be as simple as digging your food and yard scraps into the soil. There are a lot of sites that will give you step-by-step directions on how and what to compost. We have a whole section of our yard that is low along the back border of our yard and we chose to create a big compost pile there to help fill it in with dirt.

If you don’t have a yard, there are still indoor composting options you can use. I think that composting is really exciting when you consider that you are helping give back to nature.   

What are some composting tips you would share with people who want to give composting a try?

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On Monday, September 5, 2011, Cynthia from Nashville wrote

I cannot wait to start!

On Thursday, September 1, 2011, Mary wrote

Huge fan of composting--wish I had the time to garden myself! When we were kids, my parents always kept a bucket for us to throw scraps into, and then we'd go through it out once a day (saving trips to the compost.)

On Thursday, September 1, 2011, Carrie from Atlanta wrote

We actually compost in compostable food scrap bags that we fill in a container in our kitchen and then bury in our compost area once a week. It's the least expensive and neatest way to keep the soil rich. I even give friends composted soil to fill their planters for their summer annuals. They love it.

On Thursday, September 1, 2011, Jaime the Midwife wrote

Great post! I think it's important to realize that composting really can be simple! I think people put it off because they think it's going to be complicated, but it's really not! Plus, you are putting less food in your trash and down the disposal!

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