Do you Compost? Reasons why you should!

Composting is a way for people everywhere to take responsibility for their yard and kitchen waste.

“Home composting is the ultimate way to claim responsibility for the many tons of compostable waste most of us generate each year without sending the waste to the landfill, plus there are plenty of benefits of adding compost to your garden and soil. This is a hot topic right now, as the world is going green and organic. Compost is a free fertilizer and soil amendment for all your gardens, whether you are into flowers or vegetables.

So why doesn’t everyone do it?

“In some places, almost everyone does. A 2006 survey by Statistics Canada showed that 98 percent of the residents of Prince Edward Island compost, followed closely by Nova Scotia with 95 percent. Compare and contrast: After 10 years of dedicated public compost education efforts in Portland, Ore. — including the sale of more than 90,000 plastic composters — just over 30 percent of households compost their kitchen waste. In compost-crazy Alameda County, Cal., about 24 percent of homeowners with yards are active composters.

These and other studies on home composting also shed light on the habits of active composters, who typically compost 70 percent of their food waste and either compost or recycle all of their yard waste. Once people start composting, they don’t stop — nine out of 10 people who start composting are still at it 10 years later. Long-time composters tend to keep more than one type of compost, too — usually a heap and an enclosed bin.” Mother Earth News

I personally have a 3-bin/stall system, which was completely homemade. We used fence and a heavy black fabric to put around the outer edge. After composting in one bin for a while, we then switch to the next. The last bin stores gathered leaves and old straw and hay to use to mix with kitchen scraps. The items to compost include browns and greens. Browns are leaves, straw, newspaper, cardboard, dryer lint, pine needles and sawdust. Greens consist of kitchen scraps, coffee grounds and filters, manure, grass clippings, hair and weeds. Most of these items are things we naturally have.

Until your compost is ready to use, which can take approximately 6 months, your local community or city will sell compost. Compost is a good move that helps my garden and my community, and it takes the pressure off of my compost to hurry up and get done.”

So, are you ready to compost now?

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