DIY Dirt: Anybody Can Do It!
Here’s a fun step you can take this week: start composting your kitchen waste! Composting reduces landfill waste and greenhouse gas production, and might even save you money on waste hauling and garden fertilizer.
Gone are the days of messy, smelly compost heaps. The going green trend means that bins of all sizes can be easily found at garden retailers and online, where you will also find instructions on building your own composting bin. Once you’ve established your main compost bin outdoors, it’s time to create a kitchen catch-all bin. Find a small plastic container with a lid to keep near your kitchen sink or garbage bin. Place all food scraps, including coffee grounds and egg shells, into the bin and empty it into your outdoor bin when it’s full. Within weeks, your compost bin will be filled with rich, organic soil to bring vibrant life to your flower and vegetable gardens.
Note: Do NOT compost meat, bones or milk products; their odors can attract unwanted critters and will produce a highly unpleasant aroma. Also, don’t throw diseased plants from this year’s harvest in the bin, unless you want to continue that tomato blight into next year.