Composting is one of the best ways you can supplement your garden every year as well as recycle lots of plant material from your yard and fruit and veggie scraps from your kitchen.
Recently I was asked to curate a clipboard on Hometalk about composting, so I started digging around. There are many ways to compost, and the great people on Hometalk have shared their great composting tips with us!
Little Mountain Heaven shares:
Every great compost requires both green and brown materials. Did you know you can re-use your old toilet rolls and add them into your composting system? Here is a run down on how to make a great compost and how to use toilet rolls & other cardboard as great free composting ingredients.
This Organic Life says:
There are several reasons why composting is good for you, the environment, and your budget. Learn 10 simple reasons here.
Stephanie from Sandpaper & Glue writes:
After researching compost bins online I decided I just didn’t want to spend $575+ on a contraption to hold my trash, so I looked around the yard at what I already had and came up with my own plan!
Carol from The Gardening Cook tells us:
Anyone who has a compost pile knows that you need a mix of green and brown materials for the pile to cook well. Greens can be found in kitchen refuse and fresh garden weeds. Browns can be found in dried leaves and paper. But did you know that there are a whole host of weird things that can be composted and will also fill your green and brown quota?
SLS Construction & Building Solutions LLC says:
Black Gold, what’s oil got to do with this? Oil, not a thing, but that is what many gardener’s and landscapers call the final composted product as it can revitalize the soil and give you better crops and / or lawns. All those nutrients that were used by the plants can now be reintroduced into soil instead of relying on artificial fertilizers. The compost improves the soil, improves the plants root penetration abilities, and increases the ability of the soil to soak up the water and let it naturally restore the water table, as earthworms are attracted to the area. Now you can see why gardener’s and landscapers consider the composted material as black gold.
Tyesha T shares:
I’m trying to keep on the greener side of things! Since we now have a little garden of our own, we have decided to start composting. I mean why buy compost at Southern States for six bucks a bag, when you can make your own compost with food scraps…right!? Not only will it save us a few bucks on compost, but it will save on us having to take out the trash before it’s even full because of smelly food rotting in the bag, in turn saving on the cost of trash bags, and provide us with nutrient rich soil for our own garden. Check out more on how to start your very own compost bin.
The Black Thumb Gardner writes:
A Gardener Without Compost Is No Gardener At All. For gardeners composting is one of the greatest ways they can tend to the quality of their soil. Composting can be an intimidating thing to take on for the beginning gardener and through this article I’m going to try to demystify some of the keys to beginning a compost bin.
The Prudent Garden tells us:
We created our Compost Tumblers for about less than $20 per bin. It’s an easy DIY project that can be completed in about half an hour. All the supplies need can be easily purchased at your local big box retailer or home improvement store.
An American Homestead shares a video:
We look at Animal Manure, Humanure, Kitchen Scraps and Vermiculture. We want to manage all of our waste products in a sustainable way on our Homestead. Join us as we live out this adventure!
Mom Prepares gives us:
Every gardener knows about compost. Or so we think. I grew up with two huge compost bins out back. Whatever was leftover was thrown in them. The chickens were let in to scratch and the piles turned regularly, but there were things I didn’t know about composting until now.
Susan @ Learning and Yearning teaches us:
If there was only one piece of advice I could give to improve your soil, it would be to compost. This dark, crumbly, “black gold”, is made up of decomposing organic matter. It improves your soil and keeps kitchen scraps and yard debris out of landfills. That’s 30% of household waste! So many items are compostable – more than you would probably consider.
Colleen Anderson says:
Compost. We really should all be composting. It’s great for the environment. It’s great for your garden and there are so many different ways to go about it. If you’re lucky enough to have a yard, then a compost pile is a pretty simple and easy way to go. My husband wrote a post over a year ago about our simple 3-bin composting system. He talks, in his post, about the importance of heat in a healthy composting system, but never get into the importance of actual, specific temperature. Is your compost pile hot enough? What is your compost temperature? Do you know? Do you care? Should you care?
Donna McGlasson shares:
Want to learn an easy way to compost? You don’t have room? Get a 35 gallon trash can and add the ingredients! Composting doesn’t have to be complicated and it will certainly improve your soil whether you grow flowers, vegetables, herbs or fruit. Learn about composting in a trash can and what ingredients you need!
We compost everything and anything around here, including our junk mail! What better way to get rid of sensitive information than to let it rot and toss it in the garden? We also get creative with combining composting with raising chickens by letting our birds into the bin once in awhile to stir up the contents for us. They’re happy for the chance to eat all the delicious bugs, and we’re happy we don’t have to do the dirty work of stirring it up ourselves!
Read all these great stories and more on my Hometalk Composting Tips for Beginners clipboard! Share this with your friends so they can get started composting, too!