May
14

There are two main reasons why I compost besides the “cool” factor. (you have to admit, it’s pretty cool) 

1. Reduce waste & reuse/repurpose stuff I’ve already spent money on.
2. Feed my garden.

Here is my vision:
Grow food in my garden, use that food to feed my belly. My garden scraps and vegetable/fruit clippings feed the compost bin. The compost bin feeds the garden. The garden feeds my belly & the compost bin. The compost feeds the garden, etc..

THAT turns me on. 

compost scraps

I’m learning a lot about what CAN be added to the compost bin and what CAN’T be.
Some items, shocking. Some, obvious. 

ADD THIS:

grass clippings
tea bags
raw vegetable peelings
raw fruit scraps
salad leaves
coffe grounds & filter paper
old flowers & nettles
fallen leaves
sawdust
egg boxes
cardboard
scrunched up paper
twigs, branches, bark
fish food
catnip
old leather
ratty wool or 100% cotton socks
dryer lint
used tissues and paper towels
cat fur, dog hair
nail clippings
your hair
matches
wood chips from the BBQ
hamster/guinea pig/bird cage cleanings
stale potato chips
gluey pasta
oatmeal
nut shells
stale pastries

DO NOT ADD THIS:

cooked vegetables
dog poo
cat litter
diseased plants
dairy products
meat 

compost scraps

The photos above display the contents of my bin on Day 4. I wish it would hurry up and compost already! I check 2-3 times a day to see if anything has happened yet, but it hasn’t. Ha! Ha!
I do realize that it will take about 9 months to a year for full decomposition… patience is necessary. 

If you are interested in composting, I recommend these resources:
RecycleNow.com/Composting
Unexpected & Unusual things you can compost
Countertop Composting
Is My Soil Hot or Not?

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