Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Composting is easier than I thought...

Those of you who have been reading the blog for a little while know I hesitantly started composting. My intention was to vermicompost (composting with worms) but I never got around to getting the worms.

Surprisingly (to me at least), it seems to work pretty well, even without the worms. What I've learned from my reading is that the worms speed up the process. When I emptied our kitchen compost container into the bigger Rubbermaid container in the back today, I was surprised that most of it was brown and squishy (I'll spare you the pictures). The only recognizable stuff was some newspaper shreddings and a couple corn husks.

I think one of the things that helped the composting on its way was making sure I had a balance of things: browns (carbon rich materials) and greens (nitrogen rich materials). That, and stirring it around to get oxygen in, has made a lot of difference.

A great website is Compost Guide. There are all kinds of instructions and even a troubleshooting guide.

My advice to those considering composting...it's not as difficult as you'd think (and not as stinky!)...give it a try!


Leah Ingram said...

I found that the key to making the composting process work is always covering up newly dumped food scraps with old leaves or something like that. Also, if your compost gets too goopy, you can help dry things up by tossing extra shredded paper in there. I'm continually amazed at what you can actually toss in the composter! Welcome to the composting world!

From Bottle to Box said...

I'm new to composting. Weird - I just started this week. Thanks for the link.