What can I put in my compost?
The key to composting is using equal parts brown and green ingredients. Brown items are high carbon and green are high nitrogen.
Browns include wood, bark, cardboard, leaves, fruit waste, straw, pine needles, peanut shells, and straw. Greens include alfalfa, clover, grass clippings, food waste, garden waste, and hays.
It’s important to avoid putting in meat, bones, fish, fats, and dairy. Also, keep your inorganic materials (aluminum foil, glass, plastics, and metals) in the trash. Hopefully in your green household you dispose of minimal amounts of these products anyways.
To get started, try using an empty coffee can, an old ice bucket or pail. You will want something that can be covered inside to keep smells at bay. Place the composting pail either on your counter near the sink or where you cut and wash vegetables, or under the sink, but near enough so that it gets used on a regular basis. We do have some very simple composting pails with tight fitting lids made of recycled plastic available in the 'g' shop for about $15. Its a neutral color, and be hung on the back of our sink cabinet door if you like.
Do I need worms?
No, you do not need worms. If you do your best to keep your green and brown levels relatively equal, you should have beautiful soil in several months. If you do want to use worms, you will need to find an appropriate container. Give us a call and we can help you out.
Will my backyard smell? Isn’t compost unsightly?
Not anymore! Come on in to ‘g’ and check out the Earth Machine. This great compost bin is America’s best selling for a reason. The Earth Machine produces an all-natural soil conditioner, which adds nutrients and helps soil retain moisture. Its 80-gallon capacity is easily accessed through the convenient harvest door. More effective, less mess, and no smell, we see no downside to this amazing recycled plastic bin.
You can use your composted materials as a mulch before winter, and you can add it to your soil in the spring. Either way, it is of great benefit to your flower and vegetable beds. What are you waiting for? Come on into ‘g’ and we’ll get you set up with your new Earth Machine and compost pail. You’ll be on your way to easy composting in no time!