A super simple guide to composting your kitchen scraps at home!
|Steve with a mixture of poop and compost.|
Now, if you're like me and you have a tendency to throw your cooking scraps on the side of the house in a raccoon infested neighbored, then Good Luck! But if you live in a place without coons and perhaps only the occasional brave possum that enjoys knocking over your garbage can, then you should be fine!
|A wooden-flat compost bin.|
Composting is a great way to turn your kitchen and yard waste in a valuable resource for your garden, or someone else's! First things is first; Create a compost pile in a bin, hole in the ground, or other isolated area of your yard. To keep varmints out, place a wooden flat or tight mesh chicken wire over the hole.
If you are using a composting bin. make sure to keep the lid on tight, unless you want your compost growing legs and leaving you, only to return in the form of digested goop.
**Digging about a 2-ft deep by 4-ft wide hole for a composting area is my favorite way to do it because if you need to expand your compost bin, all you have to do is dig a little more!
I like to think of composting as making a delicious and moist layer cake. Complete with sprinkles, frosting,
Here are some examples of green and brown goodies to fill your compost cake with:
- Vegetable and Fruit Scraps
An assortment of acceptable greens for your compost.
- Grains, Pasta, Bread (without a ton of oil or butter on it)
- Grass Clippings
- Fresh Manure
- Coffee Grounds
- Tea Bags
- Hedge Trimmings and Weeds
- Plant Cuttings
- Hair (try to avoid dyed hair)
|Straw is a great material for the compost.|
- Dead Leaves
- Hay and Straw
- Newspaper and Cardboard
- Woody Tree Trimming Scraps
- Corn Cobs
- Paper napkins and towels
|Some bones are great... for dogs.|
Things that you should never, ever, EVER even think about putting in your compost pile.
- Meat (cows, fish, pigs, chickens)
- Diseased Plants
- Oily Foods
- Milk Products
Having your own compost is necessary for garden health and in return, your own personal health!