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Why Compost?

Welcome back to your happy place! I’m Shelbie with “Goddess Grow Ops,” a local mobile gardening business and I’m here to help make self-sustainability a part of your daily routine!

This month we’re going to talk about composting and why it’s so beneficial for you and your family, as well as our environment.

For Starters…..Not only do we throw our useful edible scraps away, but, as Americans, we waste over 24% of organic matter in the trash every day. That’s about 1.3 pounds per person per day! If you’re saying WOW, you’re right. That’s a lot of scraps!

That’s a lot of waste just piling up in landfills when it could be piled in your back yard and re-used to make your plants and vegetables extra happy and healthy. So…why not actually use it your own back yard? Using your compost adds micro and macronutrients, helps pH, prevents diseases, breaks down toxins, and improves soil structure.

I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.” —Mother Teresa

I’m going to show you 3 easy ways to start composting inside and outside your house. Here is a small starter list of things you probably use daily in your house and probably also throw away daily.

Compostable items: eggshells, vegetable scraps, used coffee and coffee filters, fruit scraps, cooked pasta, leftover pasta sauce, cooked rice, stale crackers, old herbs and spices, paper plates, paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls. The list goes on and on and there are lots of sources all over the Internet to help you out if you ever feel overwhelmed or have questions.

Now for different ways to get started!!

Indoor bucket: All you need is a 5-gallon bucket, a bag of dirt and your veggie scraps.

Now, you may be thinking “stinky, dirty and what about the bugs in my house?” The trick is to keep the scraps fully covered with dirt, so stuff starts to break down right away. Put a little dirt in the bucket, add scraps, mix up, then add a little new dirt to cover any exposed veggies. Repeat the process daily until the bucket is full. Feel free to add a lid, but constantly stirring and oxygenating the soil is very important to the decomposing of scraps.

Outdoor bin or pile: (this may attract wildlife, so think about your setup area.) This is a fun time to experiment with what you want to use. Maybe wood or even a plastic dram? Build your own compost bin off the ground? (also a good way to keep away wildlife.) Compost exposed to the Sun and heat breaks down much faster. Do some research online and find the DIY setup that’s right for you.

Purchase a composting bin: You can find them at the store or online. They are pretty cheap, yoo! They cost anywhere from $50-$100, all the way up to crazy expensive, but they are super easy and worth every penny! I highly recommend them.

A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt

Happy Growing 

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