Seven years ago, when we moved to the lovely city we call home, I was on a even greater environmental high-these were the pre-gas guzzler in my driveway days. I was planning my irrigation system, so I signed up to attend the water agency’s free class. They were hosting a composting workshop on same day and were selling these composting bins for CHEAP! Check you local sources. I bought a worm composting bin too; that was too much work for me then- may be now that the kids are a little older, I should try it again.
Our trusty compost bin
We save the scraps and dump it in here. I have the gardener put the grass clippings in it. I used to turn it myself the first year but it is hard when you are perpetually pregnant, so I have the gardner turn and water it for me. The soil that your harvest from it is so rich and smells so good, like EARTH. I don’t ever have to buy soil amendments.
Its great! got my in laws hooked too. At first they thought I was crazy but now Mr. LF’s uncle has a lovely little orchard that he amends with homemade compost too. Don’t put in meat, or bread become you don’t want rats or too many bugs- there will be bugs but when you turn it once in a while its not that bad.
This is where the kitchen scraps go
- Layer it with old newspapers
Doesn’t this remind of of the ayah in the Quran:
See you not, that Allah sends down water (rain) from the sky, and causes it to penetrate the earth, (and then makes it to spring up) as water-springs and afterward thereby produces crops of different colors, and afterward they wither and you see them turn yellow, then He makes them dry and broken pieces. Verily, in this, is a Reminder for men of understanding. Surah Zumar
Turns into rich humusy earth
Use it as mulch, as soil amendment or fertilizer.
See the eggshells they prevent snails- double goodness
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Just read this somewhere
Fact: The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609
pounds per person per year, 3/4 of which is organic garbage that can be composted. Tip: Compost.
Ever thought about it but never followed up because it seemed too hard? I have been composting for the past 7 years Alhamdulilallah- I do it because its good for the Earth and we will be held accountable for our actions- not that I don’t have so many other facets of my life still needing fixin’. It really isn’t that hard, I swear. It takes a little effort.
I take my:
Fruit and Veggie peels and scraps
Egg shells- crush them first
Cardboard egg crates- wet and crush
Wet and crush
Get your kids involved-LF#2 is my composting buddy. She helps me crush up the egg crates and throw it all into the heap.
Crushed egg carton
And put it in THIS
My poor little composting container 🙂
It is just a tall plastic tupper ware kinda container with a cover- I need to get a new one (sheepish grin)
I saw these at the Corningware outlet but LF#2 said it was waste of money- 🙂 $ 29
This one is so beautiful and would fit my kitchen decor.This stainless steel one is available at the container store for 12 bucks-BINGO!
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