Let’s discuss something I’m really excited about:
I just bought my first compost bin! It’s just a little counter-top one but I’m so so excited for it!
This is another way that you can be more eco-friendly with your cooking. After all, the whole catch-phrase of going “green” is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. In terms of reusing and recycling composting is an amazing thing to do! You can throw so many things into a compost! I found this list of 163 things you can compost and I had no idea about most of them! And the exciting part is that you can totally reuse this waste as fertilizer for the new vegetables and herbs I know you’re all growing! Plus it’s a form of recycling that avoids the use of nonrenewable fossil fuels because it doesn’t use any energy at all! It’s a completely natural process!
Here are some benefits of composting:
- Increased aeration of soil
- Increased water-holding capacity
- Increased microbial activity
- Improved root growth
- Reduced root diseases
- Reduced nutrient leaching
- Increased soil cation exchange capacity
- Increased plant-yield potential
- Reduced erosion risk
- Increased soil temperatures
- Reduction in plant deaths
- Composting can take the place of chemical fertilizers! No icky chemicals will be washing into the water due to your garden! And most of these chemical fertilizers are made up of nonrenewable fossil fuels.
- AND… composting can divert up to 30% of household waste from landfills (where it’s been proven things just aren’t breaking down (and 1/3 is compostable material)–>with population explosion we’re gonna need the land for homes and food growth… so where will we be putting all of the excess trash then?–>I don’t want to find out).
- When compostable materials break down in landfills in the lack of oxygen by anaerobic bacteria, they release methane: a greenhouse gas 23x more potent than CO2.
- Sites contaminated with various pollutants can sometimes be improved by adding compost.
This site gives you ideas for what type of compost bin you should invest in, how to speed up the composting process, how to avoid odors, how to build your own bin, etc. It’s really helpful!
Bonus fact: Compost is being used in the restoration of wetlands because they simulate the characteristics of wetland soil–> encourage reestablishment of native plant species.
Anyways… my point is compost. It’s good for you–>your gardening, and the environment!