Thursday, July 15, 2010

Mom Spot: Living Green Tip

I have one word for today:

compost

Anyone can do it, anywhere, any time of the year. Countertop composting may be your best option if you live in  a small place. But believe me, you want to get this stuff out of the house as soon as possible. Seriously.

That's why what you really need to know about is what goes in there and where to put it. I've read books on the subject (yes, actual entire books) and here's what it boils down to:
  • Get yourself a good collection bin for inside and a realistic spot to put it outside (I use an old plastic ice cream container by my sink and then a standard bin with lid in my garden.)
  • Stick with vegetable and fruit debris primarily along with egg shells and coffee grounds.
  • Although coffee grounds can go directly to the dirt, all else needs time to decompose. Give it no more than 3 days inside and then get it where it needs to go!
  • So where should it go? In a bin, in a ditch, or on a pile. You choose. (If you live in an apartment, don't think this is out of reach. We all know gardening is going urban.)
  • It takes some time, but with a bit of work (you do need to mix it up and add water occasionally) you'll have a garden that is flourishing AND you'll know you're putting your "trash" to work instead of sending it off to decay in a landfill.
Here are a couple of sites you can check out: Composting 101How to Compost, and Earth Easy.

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