Every day you throw away a valuable resource, getting nothing from it and adding to the waste in landfills. What is it? It can save you money, fertilize your plants, and positively impact the environment. And it’s literally your trash: compost.
Composting requires you to collect the organic materials that are in your garbage. Compost is made up of “greens” and “browns”. Greens are objects like grass and plants, vegetable and fruit peels, coffee, and tea bags. Browns are items like egg cartons and eggshells, cardboard, wool, tissues, paper towels, wood chips, and more. Greens decompose more quickly and produce nitrogen and moisture key to the composting process. Browns are slower to decompose and provide fiber. A balanced mix of the two categories is the best recipe for potent compost.
Once it is ready your compost will be a dark brown or blackish color and its texture will be similar to soil. This substance is packed full of important nutrients for your plants and flowers. Use it like you would any other fertilizer or soil.
The benefits of composting go beyond the landfill, though the EPA estimates the impact on landfills is roughly 140 pounds of waste per person! Compost also enriches your soil, helping plants thrive and also repairing previously damaged soil by reintroducing nutrients. It’s also all natural so it’s a safe alternative to chemical fertilizers, eliminates the need pesticides, and reduces water usage due to its high moisture content.
As you notice less and less trash reaching the curbside each week, you’ll also enjoy the lush landscape that comes from your newly enriched soil.
Composting is among the greenest things you can do. It doesn’t just reduce your waste and save you money on garden maintenance, it returns organic waste material back to the earth, completing the cycle of life and making the most of your consumption.