Garden and Yard Care

Published on July 12th, 2011 | by belleterre

Composting for the Masses

Compost
Composting is the process of taking biodegradable waste and allowing it to breakdown through a natural process that results in a nutrient-rich fertilizer/soil amendment.  Everyone should compost.  It’s so easy and a great way to do your small part to help our environment.

Why compost?

Why not?  Landfills are overflowing.  We produce significantly more waste than we can process.  In the United States, 21% of that waste is yard and food waste that could be handled through other disposal options. So, why send something to a garbage dump to sit when at very little cost and effort, we can benefit from it right here at home?  Compost reduces the waste at landfills, adds to soil fertility, improves aeration, and encourages healthy root development in plants.

Who should compost?

In short, everyone should.  In some countries and cities, composting is mandatory.  For example, in San Francisco not composting your food waste could result in a $500  fine.  Regardless of your living arrangements apartment, condo, house or farm – the opportunity to compost exists and should be undertaken as an easy step toward a greener lifestyle.

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About the Author

Julia and her husband own Belle Terre, a natural bath and beauty company. They are working to transition from their traditional home in a small town neighborhood to a truly sustainable lifestyle in which they eat only what they grow, use only the energy they collect, and share their home with the dogs, bees and other animals that will join them.



5 Responses to Composting for the Masses

  1. I use the paper from my shredder in my compost pile. It tends to clump when it get wet, so spread it out. Also if you have big chunks of material like watermelon rind, it will compost faster if you cut it up a little bit. I also compost my coffee grounds, filter and all. Works great!

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