Now that you feel comfortable with some basic principles of composting, it’s time to put those concepts into practice. Before you get started, it’s important to take a look at your dwelling space. What kind of composting method will work best for your home?
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No matter the size of your space, there is a method for you. Lets explore a few.
Hot Composting – Great method for a home with a yard!
Hot composting is exactly what it sounds like, a process that creates a significant amount of heat. Also called active composting, this method ensures you will have your compost ready to enrich your garden in a short amount of time and any pathogens or weed seeds will be killed in the process due to the high temperature. Some people even heat their water by running plumbing through a hot compost heap! Is this method for you? Click HERE to learn more about this hot method.
Cold Composting – Great method if you have a small lot or a side yard!
Cold composting is a much more hands off process. Piles or bins are fed when materials become available. This process takes much longer than hot composting and does not kill off harmful pathogens or seeds, for this reason it is important to only feed your pile appropriate material. Cold composting does not require turning and compost will be retrieved from the bottom of the pile when it is ready. If you would like to try this method, investing in an enclosed bin with a retrieving drawer at the bottom would be helpful. When using an enclosed bin, add handfuls of crumpled newspaper from time to time in order to encourage oxygen flow. Is this method for you? Click HERE to learn more about the cold method.
Vermicomposting – Great method if you live in an apartment!
Also called worm composting, this is the best solution for a small space! Create a nice home for your new pets, Red Wigglers work best, and add your organic material. Your new friends will eat your garbage and out the other end, they will leave you with nice rich fertilizer! Can’t say that about too many friends. Is this method for you? Click HERE to learn more about vermiculture.
Curious about bins and tumblers? Compost Mania has a great selection!
Say you don’t want to do any of these things, no worries.
Try researching your cities Municipal Waste Plan, they may offer composting as an option. If they don’t, give them a call and let them know they should start a composting system. Remember, they work for your community and your voice can make a difference!
If you have a friend who loves to garden and has a few square feet to spare, suggest starting a community compost system. You can rally a group of friends to help build a bin and start a composting club. Maybe you can make club t-shirts!
In addition to all of these practices, the one thing we should all keep in mind is simply to make less waste! Save vegetable scraps in the refrigerator, when you have collected enough, make a soup or stock. If you are a juicer, save the leftover pulp and add it to breads, muffins, and casseroles. Make sure you are storing your food correctly. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to throw away a peach because I left in on the counter, turned my back, and then when I turned around it was all moldy. Throwing away a peach in the peak of the season causes a heartbreak like no other.
I’m no expert, just a curious person. If I ever get something wrong or leave out an especially interesting factoid, please feel free to leave a comment! Nobody can say for sure why we are here spinning around on this blue planet, but maybe learning and exploring have something to do with it. That being said, I am more than open to being schooled ☺
All this talk about learning is leaving me with one thought “Science Rules!” If you spent the majority of your childhood in the 90’s, you may know what I am talking about. If not, please take a moment and enjoy the theme song to one of the most educational shows you will ever see! Thank you, Bill Nye!
Curious about composting yet? Don’t let your food scraps go to waste!