Welcome back to our composting series! Today we are going to discuss what kind of container to use, where to put it in your home, what to compost and what not to compost, and how it’s important for the environment to compost.
Types of Composting
As you embark upon this possibly newfound journey of giving your food scraps back to the Earth so that they may revitalize the soil and enrich the quality of home-grown produce; there are several things to take into consideration. Some of the first things to consider are; what kind of composting method would you like to use? Where would you like for it to be? Would you like it to be in a free standing pile or in an outdoor or indoor bin? Making this decision will help you figure out at what scale are you wanting to work with.
Where to Put the Compost
Typically people who compost have a compost bin inside perhaps under the kitchen sink or on the counter top or in a designated area where it can be kept out of direct sunlight. There are many types of bins to use indoors to store the food waste until you empty it into the bigger pile outdoors or into the outdoor compost container or bin. Remember that the food scraps start to decompose when they start to rot so gasses are release and these gasses attract fruit flies and regular flies. All indoor bins must have ventilation holes and a lid.
What to Compost and What NOT to Compost
Not everything can go into a compost pile because certain things such as acidic fruits can alter the pH level of the pile and make it uninhabitable for the healthy little critters that show up and help break down the food waste and turn it into nutrients for the soil. While it make not be the most difficult thing to maintain, be sure to maintain a proper carbon, nitrogen, and pH level in the soil is KEY to healthy compost.
How Composting is Important for the Environment
The act of composting has many benefits to the environment that we may not notice because it is happening at a micro-cellular level. When we want to make mashed potatoes and for those of us who peel the potatoes first, instead of throwing the peels away, choosing to put them in a compost bin allows the natural product to break down and for its still vital nutrients return to the soil from which it originally came. We as Humans have the choice to better this Earth and by taking small steps such as placing potato skins in a designated area on the ground, instead of in a plastic garbage bag. By making this choice, we are making a healthy and conscious effort to reverse the detriment that has been inflicted on the Earth caused by over consumption, excess waste, and the use of harmful chemicals in our water, soil, and air.