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How can I start composting?

Composting is a fantastic way to reduce waste, enrich soil, and lower your carbon footprint. It keeps garbage out of landfills, and it’s a wonderful alternative to chemical fertilizers. The best part is that it’s easy to get started.

You can compost almost anything in your kitchen or garden, but hold off on animal products, oils, weeds, and disease- or insect-ridden plants. That being said, in order to decompose properly, compost should be a balanced mix of moist materials like fruit scraps and grass clippings and dry materials like twigs and newspapers. Make sure the compost gets enough moisture and air: spritz it with water every now and then, and turn it over regularly with a shovel or rake.

To compost in your backyard, select a dry, shady spot for your compost pile or bin. The patch of ground should be about three square feet, and the bin should be roughly three feet in diameter and no taller than your waist.

Composting can also be done inside the house, as long as you have a stainless steel or plastic box with a lid, biodegradable bags to line the box with, and a place to drop off the compost once a week.

If you’d like to compost but don’t want to make a big project out of it, you can incorporate it into your routine on a smaller scale. Food scraps or coffee grounds buried in houseplants or window boxes will fortify soil and cut down on waste, without creating much extra work for you.

Alternatively, you can subscribe to a service such as Curbside Compost that provides your household with a clean pail every week for all food remains including meat, fish, and bones. curbsidecompost.org



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