Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Save the Planet and Save Money - Part 2 - Composting

Save the Planet and Save Money – Part 2 - Composting
You can save money by composting.  Compost is organic material that is made from the vegetable scraps and yard waste.  You can use compost in your flowerbeds and garden as a natural fertilizer.  Where to you start? The EPA has a website with basic information on how to compost, what to compost and http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/rrr/composting/index.htm
First: you need a location or a container to do the composting.  This is our compost container.  This one looks like a Darth Vader helmet. 

There are several different types of containers available online and at local gardening centers.  You also don’t have to buy a container.  You can also just designate a location for your compost area.
Next: Save your grass clippings, fruit and vegetable scraps, and add them to the composting pile.  Add water and mix or turn your compost pile every week.  Compost needs the right amount of water and heat to turn into compost.  Water your compost pile as needed and turn it with a pitchfork weekly.
You can add other ingredients to your compost pile.  Please review the list of what you can and cannot add your compost pile at: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/rrr/composting/basic.htm#todo I keep my compost pile simple by just using my lawn clippings, and our fruit and vegetable scraps.
After a few months, you will be left with a dark compost mixture that you can use to fertilize your garden and flowers.  It may take a little longer if you don’t rotate and water your compost as needed.
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