Composting 101

First off, I am not a licensed anything so what I have to say is not gospel…it is just what works best for me and the state I live in. Everyone is different, every state is different, BUT the basic idea of composting is still the same. πŸ™‚

For those of you who have never heard of compost, it is basically the break down of your garbage that turns into nature’s gold. I got bored one day so I literally learned the biology, chemistry and physics of composting, I am a huge nerd…I know. I will post the link at the bottom of the page if curiosity gets the best of you.

Nature’s gold (finished compost)

Ok. So, composting! What can you compost? How can you compost? What is it for? I’ve got answers for those!

You need a good ratio of green(nitrogen) to brown(carbon) mix in your compost. I’m not going to tell you exactly the mix because every compost can be different. Truthfully, I just put stuff in mine and don’t thing about what exactly it needs. If it’s soggy, add more brown, dry stuff…if it’s too dry and nothing is working, add more green stuff.

Green stuff…
Grass clippings
Food scraps
Veggie/fruit scraps
Coffee grounds
You get the idea…

Brown stuff…
Coffee/tea filters
Dead leaves
Pine needles
Shredded newspaper

Pretty much anything you can put in a compost EXCEPT meat products, unless you want critter friends.

Composting can be as simple or as hard as you want to make it. One day I made Tash tear up cardboard into tiny pieces for the compost. hehe. Or you could throw the whole cardboard egg carton in there and let it do it’s job. You can get in there with a pitch fork or shovel and turn it once a week to make your compost finish faster or if you want to be lazy that totally works too, it will still decompose.

There are a few different types of compost bins you can purchase…Mine is an open bottomed bin so the bugs can get in and eat it up (Sounds disgusting, however it literally IS part of the process to break down the things you put in it). During the winter, the bin obviously doesn’t get as hot and I opened the bin and soooooo many wood cockroaches were in there and I freaked out…but I assure you I googled the crap out of it and it is totally normal.

Open bottom compost bin

You may not be wondering why I am rambling on about compost…well, that is because it just makes so much sense to have one. All of the stuff we throw away ends up at a landfill and we throw away A LOT of stuff. Why not lessen how much you throw away by composting? All your scrapes, even your hair/pets fur, takes up space in a garbage bin, but if you compost all of that, nature is doing what it does best.

But, SJ, won’t all the stuff just compost at a landfill? NO!!! See, composting need oxygen to help the process and at a landfill everything is so compact that no oxygen gets to it and it just releases methane, which in turn heats up our planet (Not good guys). Our planet is hot enough and we each need to do our part in trying not to add to the heating up of the planet, I will get into that more in a different post. πŸ™‚

OK, say I peaked your interest in composting, when that natures gold is done, you can use it as a natural fertilizer for your garden, a top soil for you lawn, as mulch…you can even make a compost tea for your plants. It is amazing…and you literally had to do no work except collect your stuff in a different bin besides the trash one.

Sorry for such a long post…I honestly could ramble on about composting and how freaking amazing it is. Let me know if you have any questions about composting or what ideas to get started! I have many DIY bins in my head. πŸ™‚

OH and lastly, the link I promised you.


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