Composting has become a national pastime of many today. We’re in a country that stresses the importance of recycling and helping to keep our environment clean and safe for our children and each generation after them. Composting is nature’s way of recycling materials and waste we use every day in our home. Composting creates a dark rich soil formed from the decomposition of materials such as grass clippings, leaves or food waste (fruits, vegetables). Home composting is done in many homes with the many waste products we have on a daily basis.
Although composting is done on a large-scale with large facilities, it’s also done in on a small scale right where it begins: in the home. Composting is the best way to make use of all those leftovers you can’t seem to get rid of any other way. Home composting not only reduces the cost of having the materials removed but also gives you an excellent type of soil to use in your garden or flower bed. Some of the items you can use for home composting include vegetables, fruits, and leftover foods.
Home composting includes having a composting bin and storing the food waste until the bin is full. Many people have a small composting bin inside their kitchen for their convenience. Leftover food items and scraps are stored in the bin. It’s important that you have a bin with a cover to prevent it from developing odors in your home. You’ll also have a large composting bin outside, which is where the actual decomposition will take place. If you have a composting bin outside, you’ll probably see all sorts of wild animals around it that you haven’t been seeing before, but this is perfectly nature. They’re all looking for a bite to eat.
If you’re doing home composting yourself, you can make your own bin out of materials like wood, snow fencing, old garbage cans or plastic bins. If you use bins or can, make sure you have holes drilled on the sides for ventilation. You can also buy manufactured bins if you’re uncomfortable about making your own. You’ll find a huge selection online or in many retail stores.
Four ingredients are involved in composting: carbon, nitrogen air and water. These ingredients mixed together form the compost. You need to have an even mixture of these ingredients. The carbon comes from the dry or brown material, while the nitrogen comes from the green or wet material such as grass clippings. Mix these ingredients together with some water and allow it to get some air and you’re on your way to home composting. Since composting is a lot like cooking, be sure to mix it up from time to time.