Posts tagged ‘composting’

What is a Composting Toilet?

A must-have for off the grid lifestyles, a composting toilet is economical and easy to use.

How to Compost Kitchen Scraps & Food Waste

Composting kitchen scraps and leftover food is probably one of the most important parts of home composting. Not only will it reduce your garbage output but it creates wonderfully nutrient-rich soil for you to spread on your garden or give away to friends who have gardens.

My scrap bucket.

My scrap bucket.

Some people compost but don’t compost their kitchen scraps. I cannot imagine why! It couldn’t be easier. You just get a container with a tight-fitting lid, place your vegetable and fruit waste in it (even the disgusting old nasty black bananas you forgot about), along with coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, old bread products, grains of any kind, eggshells, all your old spices… basically anything that is food except meat, dairy, and grease or oils of any kind. If you attempt to compost these, you will be sorry. They upset the balance of the compost and they take a very long time to break down. They also stink to high heavenĀ and attract animals. Give the leftover meat to your doggies and kitties. :)

Once your kitchen composting bin is full, take it outside and dump it in your big compost bin. Mix it in well and hurray! You’re done. If you don’t have a big compost bin outside with finished compost in it, you can dump your compost in a larger bucket and add some brown material (leaf mulch, peat moss, sawdust, humus) on top of it. This will help it break down. If you have bunnies, you can add their poop to your compost, too. It’s great fertilizer!

More information on two different methods of composting:

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