Here's a couple of facts to keep in mind-24% of what we throw away each day can be composted. That's almost 1/4 of our trash each and every day. Annually, composters keep 529 lbs. of home and garden waste out of our landfills. Think of all the "trash" that would be kept out of the landfills if every house had a compost bin. If that isn’t enough reason to compost, how about this: compost improves soil structure and water holding capacity, repairs damaged soil, increases earthworm activity, suppresses disease and keeps plants healthier. It's also one of the best ways to return to the earth what we have taken out, insuring the success of future harvests.
At present, I have 7 compost bins, 3 worm composting bins, 2 compost tumblers and a never ending need for more finished compost.
My very first compost bin, with a box of seedlings growing on top
3 compost bins in a side yard
A compost bin next to the kitchen door
A compost bin by the back door
A worm bin next to my front porch steps
As hard as I try to keep the bins full, it's tough to keep up with the demand for organic materials.
I've had to get creative in my effort to score as much organic waste as possible.
It would take forever to fill a bin with just my kitchen scraps
Kitchen scraps from the restaurant where I work
I arrived at work early just to sweep up some of the leaves from the parking lot
Mulched branches and leaves from our avocado tree. The tree was pruned
by professionals and all of the materials were left on site
Magnolia pods from the tree in our front yard. They also work great as a base for raised planters
My electric mulcher, edger and leaf mulcher.
Junk mail and personal info go in to the shredder before being added to the compost bin.
It's fun to see what you can come up with once you start looking for it.
Be well and happy gardening!
Great messages below! What to do with all of the paper that comes into the household was a really important question to me, and I spent some time on the internet researching the best ways to deal with it. According to a very comprehensive report done in the UK, the most environmental way to “dispose” of paper waste, in order is:
Using this as a guide, I separate paper products for different reuse.
Tissues, paper napkins, receipts, etc-compost, use with kindling for a fire in the fireplace
Newspapers-base for raised beds, worm composting material, occasional donation to school or scouts
Envelopes-scratch paper, shred for compost bin (remove plastic windows)
Non-sensitive paper-reuse in printer, shred for compost bin
Sensitive paper-shred for compost bin
Plain white paper (no print)-set aside to reuse in homemade paper seed cards (upcoming Fall blog)
Non glossy junk mail-shred and add to the compost bin, add as a layer to a raised bed (Lasagna gardening)
Glossy junk mail-recycling binBy the way, dispite the above methods, the use of cloth napkins and hankercheifs, and having my name removed from mail marketing lists, I still accumlate a great deal of paper. I don't know why that is, or how we haven't progressed to a treeless world, but it's just the way it is. I guess it's time for another compost bin and raised bed.