Today, we started using our own home composting bin. We put leaves in the bottom, then food scraps and after we hand mowed, added the grass clippings. In a few days we will give it a little water.
In Boulder, our local trash company provides free curbside food waste compost pick up and free compost soil we can shovel and transport home in the Spring. This convenience kept us from making our own until now!
Our own compost will be much better quality though because it'll be made from organic food from our garden and specific yard waste only.
In recent years we’ve found bits of plastic mixed in our curbside and store bought compost. It’s new for me to see that – probably since the advent of “compostable” plastic and simply as a result of too much plastic in our environment.
You can't grow a good garden without adding compost to it – plants will be stunted, have yellow leaves and not have enough nutrients to produce. Composting is the natural way to cycle waste food into next year’s crop. It is the only natural way to deal with food waste.
- 25.9% of all landfill waste is food or yard waste that could be diverted towards replenishing your soil for FREE, instead of it going into the landfill.
- Methane is a gas that is 300 times more potent than CO2 and is released when food waste decomposes in a landfill.
So, compost your unwanted food and yard waste as a way to nourish your garden and plants and to take part in the natural cycle of growth and decomposition.