Sunday, September 11, 2011

Composting Virgins - Click here for help!

getting dirty in our compost
I have heard through the grape vine that there are plenty of you out there. Demure, apron wearing, spatula wielding foodies who love to cook in their kitchen yet do not compost! Composting virgins!?! What... your kitchen scraps end up in the garbage can! The secret is out, you can hide no longer. Composting is not hard, in fact it is EASY. So let loose, and join the revolution of millions of people across the world who recycle their food scraps and turn them into delicious compost. We are turning your food waste back into dirt, one rotten apple at a time. I am here to peer pressure you into doing something good for you and good for the earth.

Composting Virgin Secrets

1) Purchase yourself some type of composting bucket that you can put next to your sink. You can just use a simple tupperware or plastic tub, you really don't have to purchase anything. Just make sure your little bucket of choice has a lid (to keep out fruit flies and keep any odors in). Glad sells these little compostable liners for your kitchen compost bin. They are great because they will breakdown quite easily but are so difficult to open...I would much rather just rinse out my bin every day after emptying it.

cute little composting bucket that Glad sent me - to go with our green house of course
2) If you don't want to be running back and forth to your outdoor larger composting bin, use a 5 gallon bucket and set it at your back door. Empty your kitchen scraps into the large bucket once a day. Keep a lid on to ward off racoons or other little hungry creatures. What can I compost you ask? You can take any of your fruit and vegetable scraps, peelings, coffee grinds, tea bags, egg shells and any left over food that is NOT meat or covered in fats. You will not want to throw out bones, cake, pasta, your steak you did not finish last night, or the chicken carcass from the soup you just made. Keep it simple, if it grows up from the ground, you can compost it.

5 gallon bucket outside back door
the scraps that are waiting to be composted
3) Take out your larger bucket to the large composting bin which should be sitting in some corner of your yard. Empty the juicy scraps into the larger bin and cover with some brown matter such as dried leaves, grass clippings or a bit of hay if you have it around. Put the top on your large bin and walk away. How easy is that? Who knew your first time could be so carefree and effortless?

Backyard composting station. Where the dirty work really happens!
4) Once a week visit your backyard composting station. Give your compost a stir with a big stick. Just poke around in the compost and aerate as best as you can. The bugs and bacteria are really doing all the work for you, we just need to sitr things up a bit. If it is very dry, water it! I know it sounds odd, but in order for nature to do it's thing, water helps things quite a bit. Keep the layering cycle going. Kitchen scraps layered with dry leaves or a thin layer of grass clippings. By the end of summer, you will have nice, rich compost....or what most of us refer to as dirt.

5) Now that you have this rich, dark delicious finished compost.... what are you going to do with it? If you have some type of vegetable garden, or even a flower garden, topdress your plants with a 3-4 inch layer of the finished compost. Your plants will be happy and will love you back by producing healthy, vibrant fruits and flowers. You will also see a lot less garbage being tossed out on garbage day too. Lighten the load on mother earth, get composting!

happy garden plants loving you back with bright blooms....
Thanks again to Glad and Tastemakers for the opportunity to share this good info with my readers~! Now get out there and make some compost!
composting kisses! xoxo megan


3 comments:

  1. Good job, Megan! And thank you for showing us another way of getting these kind of things done. While I have another way of making use all those unused stuffs.....into organic cleaner!
    http://kristygourmet.blogspot.com/2009/06/organic-all-purpose-cleaner.html
    Hope you're enjoying the day ahead, dear. ((hugs))
    Blessings, Kristy

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  2. Thanks for the advice--we totally compost but with our colder temperatures it's a bit of a challenge.

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  3. We haven't ever tried it. I think I would have to put my hubby in charge. It would be good for him. I am sure it would be great for the garden and this year my garden could use a little help.

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