Here’s an excellent video on composting using huge piles… if you can compost like this, do it- it’s the easiest and yields the best stuff.
Did you watch any TV today? Yesterday? This week?
If so, were there any commercials?
In the time it took for the three commercials to whizz by, you could have emptied your kitchen food scrap collector into your backyard trash can composter and cut your landfilling in half.
No, really- drill holes in a trash can, fill it halfway with ripped up leaves and dead plants, then add your food scraps. Finish it off by covering them with another layer of leaves. Add some water, then go inside.
Hit the pause button again and continue watching Game of Thrones. I guess most people don’t actually watch TV anymore right? Now it’s all internet and you can pause everything and skip commercials and stuff… well, you get the point!
Five minutes a week and you’re doing something in your backyard that’s as important, if not more important, than recycling.
Take the future into your own hands and tell your friends you’re cutting down your emissions, creating soil, and cutting your landfill contributions in half. The Earth’s oldest process sure is a lot of fun.
With the warmer months coming on, I noticed a pretty simple adjustment to my trash can composter that might help you get better results.
Have you noticed when you keep the lid on that the contents seem to dry out pretty quickly? It rained the last few days here, so I kept the lid off so the contents could get extra damp… and the pile got pretty warm! This is what happens when you keep it damp- compost craves moisture.
The key is to simply ensure your mix is right- double your browns with each addition of food scraps, and make sure you have a nice layer of browns on top.
I saw a raccoon walking around my tiny back yard last night and left him be… the next day, I saw there was nothing torn up- and I have two massive compost bins and the trash can composter, all open to anything that might find it.
Again, the key is the cover material on top… and keep your stuff moist! Note to self: rinse out food containers better- the raccoon made a mess of my recycling bin.
Wow, I got really lazy over the last few months in terms of shredding leaves.
Yesterday, I saw there were some bugs flying around the top of the pile and realized it was because the last time I added fresh food to the pile, I forgot to add fresh leaves.
The leaves I re-covered the pile with were un-shredded, and so it was only a matter of time until I needed to fix it.
Not everyone has a shredder, but maybe your neighbor does? It’s really important and makes all the difference.
By doing so, you’ll get greater coverage for your food scraps, the material size is smaller, meaning it’ll get to work quicker and lastly you’ll see much higher composting temperatures.
Further, you’ll be able to store more in your backyard throughout the year when they’re shredded.
Oh yeah- and it’ll eliminate any odors, too.
Shredding your leaves for composting…get to it and reap the benefits. It makes everything easier.
Are you sick and tired of looking at a stagnant, slimy compost pile, baffled as to why it isn’t breaking down after six months…or even longer?
Do you want to start composting right away, but you have a lot of questions and you’re not sure where to start?
This used to be me, and over the years I’ve gained a ton of experience through composting indoors and outdoors, using bins, tumblers, buckets and worms, balconies, backyards and the basement.
When I first started, I really had no clue what I was doing- I just knew it was the right thing to do as someone who was obsessed with waste issues and studied environmental health.
It wasn’t until I got my first compost bin that my problems were solved and I knew I had the right tool for the job. Even better, they’re extremely affordable and able to turn food scraps into black gold with ease.
There were so many tricks I wish I knew when I first started composting, so I decided to create a quick and easy how-to guide to show you how simple it really is.
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Thanksgiving was a lot of fun- visiting my parents’ house out in the sticks was great.
I really envy the variety of materials they can compost- tons of leaves, dead plants, weeds, pine needles, mosses… most of these items are hard to come by in my neighborhood.
I wish I had my camera- I ended up building up a compost pile for my mom with the food scraps from dinner and huge piles of the aforementioned materials… I was tempted to get a garbage bag and bring a bunch of it home with me!
Man, I screwed up… hope I get to go home for Christmas.
Leaves are the most important ingredient to make excellent compost. While they will compost just as they are, shredding them will increase the efficiency of your pile.
Collect as many leaves as possible during the fall to keep your compost pile cooking through the colder months.
My goal is to show you how to create the best compost with the least amount of time and effort. Let’s cut down on what we send to the landfill and create an excellent soil amendment to grow your plants.
This is just the start of it- stay tuned for even more composting tips!
Be sure to sign up for my free composting course along the right side of this page.
Let me know how your composting is going- I’d love to hear from you.
Another great video from Green Power Science showing just how hot piles of organic material can get…even when you do nothing!
This is a great video to show you how to give a compost pile a boost, which really works wonders. He’s got plenty of volume, moisture, airflow and a good mix of material.