All that’s necessary to start composting today is the decision to do it. If you have access to a patch of ground, a bucket or even a stand-alone compost bin, all it takes to get started is a dose of want to and some fresh fruit or vegetable scraps or cardboard and you’re in business.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a compost bin, a barrel tumbler or a simple wooden frame. Go ahead and start your pile and get to the compost structure later on. Getting into the habit is of first importance right now. Begin separating your biodegradable waste today and adding it to a compost pile. Start with the fresh scraps from a meal that you’ll make today.
If you cook, you’re a sure bet for composting. Instead of cramming all those potato peelings, squeezed lemons, onion skins and apple cores down the garbage disposal and grinding them into oblivion, just put any fetching plastic or metal container with a lid on your kitchen counter or under your sink and commit to feed it your biodegradable waste as you prepare your meals. Even eggshells can be composted. If you don’t produce at least one large mixing bowl of fresh fruit and vegetable waste a week, you might need to reconsider your diet or your composting dreams could be short lived. Be sure to add only fresh fruit and vegetable waste to your compost pale … nothing cooked and no meat or oils.
Don’t stop with cooking waste: Tear up those cardboard toilet paper and paper towel rolls, if your kids aren’t making projects with them, and turn them into worm food. Cardboard and brown paper in most all of their forms compost and nature will gladly have it back. If you mow grass, dump the cuttings into the compost bin. Compost leaves and hedge trimmings and dry foliage. Anything biodegradable should breakdown in a matter of weeks; all that’s necessary is heat, moisture and oxygen.
If you can add a grass-eating mammal’s droppings to the pile, it will only speed the process and amp up your compost quality. Don’t add Rover’s or Miffy’s droppings in your growing pile of decomposing organic matter unless Rover is a goat.
Why not start with today’s vegetable and fruit scraps and that toilet paper roll near its end in your bathroom? Nature will thank you and it will be just one more check on your growing going-green list.