When you think of recycling maybe the first thing that comes to mind is that little line of coloured bins that you use to separate your different types of waste? We know that there are many products made of recycled content. But, what about food scraps and other waste? Can you recycle those?
The answer is yes! Instead of throwing away food scraps and other compostable materials, you can use these organic materials to create an incredibly effective and nutrient-rich soil additive for your garden. Check out the information below for more great compost advice. Don’t Throw it, Grow it!
Composting is the process where organic wastes (grasses, leaves, kitchen scraps and garden debris) are converted into a highly desirable, organic, soil-like material. Many creatures like bacteria, worms, and fungi play an important role in composting as they break apart organic waste by eating it and releasing nutrients in a form that plants can absorb. This process helps decompose the materials and creates a very rich additive for soil.
The first thing you need to begin composting is a bin and a few basic rules of thumb to adhere to –
- Set up your bin in a partially shaded area in the yard
- Make sure it is convenient for you to get to and has access to water as well as good drainage
- Keep the bin away from large trees as their roots steal nutrients and can grow into the compost
- Keep a small separate bin in your kitchen for food scraps from fruits and vegetables (no meats, bones, or oils in composting) and add them to your composting area
- Keep a ratio of three to one. Three dry or brown ingredients (leaves, paper, yard waste) to one wet or green ingredients (food scraps, grass clippings, coffee grounds)
- It’s important to note that meats, oils, fat, bones, and dairy do not belong in your home compost bin because they attract rodents and other animals
You’ll know when your compost is ready when it has a dark brown colour and has a pleasant yet pungent earthy smell. It should also be slightly moist and be quite crumbly in texture. So, now it’s ready what can you use it for?
- Flowerbeds – Spread up to 5cms over the existing soil and let the worms do the rest of the work for you!
- Mulch – Adding mulch after it has rained helps to maintain moisture in your soil
- Around trees – Spreading a layer of compost around tree roots will provide nutrients and protect against disease and drought
- Patio containers – Outdoor container plants will benefit greatly from the nutrients and minerals that a compost enriched potting mixture contains
- Feed your lawn – Adding compost to your lawn helps young grass take root and can help it to be greener and healthier. This is great for mature lawns but newly seeded or turfed lawns may be scorched by it.
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