At the simplest level, the process of composting simply requires making a heap of wetted organic matter known as green waste and waiting for the materials to break down after a period of weeks or months. Compost is rich in nutrients and is used in gardens, landscaping, horticulture, and agriculture. The compost itself is beneficial for the land in many ways, including as a soil conditioner, a fertilizer, and as a natural pesticide for soil.
What can I compost?
Think about this for a second, its time to take out the garbage and you know you have to clean out your fridge. The thought of tossing out some of those leftovers can be a little hard to process. By simply taking a quick inventory of what has gone bad consider whether or not you can use it to compost instead of toss!
In addition: As you’re going through your drawers and shelves, take a mental note of what is about to go bad. This is the #1 way you can reduce food waste in your day-to-day life! By reminding yourself of what is about to expire, you can make a plan to use those ingredients in your next few meals.
What can’t I compost?
The folks over at Brightnest.com have put together this hand list of the Top 10 Items that you don’t want to add to your compost pile. Chief among these are dairy products, meat, and other diseased plant matter.
Composting allows you to turn leftovers into nutrient-rich soil fertilizer, but it’s not a catchall form of disposal! If you put the wrong items inside your compost bin, you’ll wind up attracting unwanted pests and potentially hurting your plants! Become a master composter by keeping these ten items out of your compost bin. – Source: BrightNest.com
We just wanted to give you a little something to get you started for when this cold weather finally passes and we can dig in the dirt again! Happy Composting!