Got Trash? Compost!

Got Trash? Here’s how to get rid of it naturally…

Home Composting: Composting is the most practical and convenient way to handle your yard wastes. It can be easier and cheaper than bagging these wastes or taking them to the transfer station. Compost also improves your soil and the plants growing in it. If you have a garden, a lawn, trees, shrubs, or even planter boxes, you have a use for compost.

By using compost you return organic matter to the soil in a usable form. Organic matter in the soil improves plant growth by helping to break up heavy clay soils and improving their structure, by adding water and nutrient-holding capacity to sandy soils, and by adding essential nutrients to any soil. Improving your soil is the first step toward improving the health of your plants. Healthy plants help clean our air and conserve our soil, making our communities healthier places in which to live.

The compost pile is really a teeming microbial farm. Bacteria start the process of decaying organic matter. They are the first to break down plant tissue and also the most numerous and effective composters. Fungi and protozoan soon join the bacteria and, somewhat later in the cycle, centipedes, millipedes, beetles and earthworms do their parts.

Compost can be used to enrich the flower and vegetable garden, to improve the soil around trees and shrubs, as a soil amendment for houseplants and planter boxes and, when screened, as part of a seed-starting mix or lawn top-dressing. Before they decompose, chipped woody wastes make excellent mulch or path material. After they decompose, these same woody wastes will add texture to the garden.

Things you CAN put in your compost

  • Veggie scraps
  • Fruit scraps
  • Coffee grounds
  • Eggshells and nutshells
  • Yard waste (grass clippings, weeds, leaves)
  • In limited amounts, newspaper and paper towels
  • Leftovers (with no meat or dairy)
  • Dried pasta

Things you should NOT put in your compost

  • Any kind of meat (including fish)
  • Any bones
  • Any fats or oils                           
  • Any dairy
  • Human or pet feces

Composting is a great way to reduce garbage and save money!


Categories: Environmental Issues


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