Sunday, 09 January 2011 18:11

Composting For You and For Me

Written by stephania
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Composting is a great way to reuse discarded items from cooking and crafting and ensures that year after year you have soil that is rich in nutrients for your garden (or even your little flower pots).  You can compost anywhere and its surprisingly easy and incredibly low-maintenance.  If you are composting indoors or if you have a smaller backyard you can compost in a large plastic bin or a trashcan.  Make sure that whatever you use has a lid.  When using an enclosed bin, drill holes into the bottom and sides of the bin so that your compost can aerate.  Place a tray or tarp under the bin to prevent leaking.  If you have a larger backyard, you can make a composting pile.  There are also plenty of special composting bins that you can buy for indoor and outdoor composting.

Another option is to donate your composting materials to your local community compost program.  If you are in the NYC area, Union Square Green Market Stand accepts scraps Mondays, Wednesdays,soil-2578 Fridays, and Saturdays year round, 8:00AM-5:00PM.


What to compost:

  • fruit & vegetable scraps
  • eggshells 
  • leaves
  • grass/plant clippings
  • coffee/tea grounds
  • wood ash
  • straw or hey
  • newspaper
  • paper
  • dryer lint
  • wood chips
  • flowers
  • pine needles
  • saw dust

Don't compost:

  • meat
  • bones
  • fish scraps
  • non-organic banana peels, orange rinds, etc. (they may contain pesticides) 
  • black walnut leaves


How to Compost 

What you need:

  • composting bin
  • shovel or small gardening tool (for turning)

What to do:

Note: Make sure to dice or shred your materials before adding them to the compost. This will reduce your composting time so that you can use your soil sooner rather than later. 

Composting is done in layers of dry and moist materials.  Begin your compost with a layer of fresh soil and then alternate the dry and moist materials.  The key to composting is to make sure you turn the compost every one to two weeks.  This process ensures that your compost has plenty of oxygen and therefore adds nutrients to the soil.

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