The first thing I went through was the fridge… I had never had so much fun cleaning out our refrigerator! Next I tackled the food pantry. Turns out half the cereal was expired and could go in the bin. The old pasta, stale cookies, flour. It all went in the pail and I didn't have that guilty-of-wasting-food moment. Being able to throw coffee grounds and the filter in every morning instead of. We found out fast that this practice of kitchen composting was cutting out half the garbage we were bagging up and hauling outside. Not wasting anything and cutting garbage in half! The kitchen compost being dumped to the main compost pile kind of completed the cycle…for a while. We had fabulous, rich, wormy, compost to to add to he gardens.
With every harvest we can tell by taste of the food we grow and the look that this compost, as someone else described it, brown gold. No buying fertilizers or soil additives. Free brown gold and less garbage to haul out!
|From A Simple DIY Style|
Things you CAN compost
- Vegetable and fruit wastes, even moldy and ugly rinds, cores and pits.
- Old bread, donuts, cookies, crackers, pizza crust, noodles: anything made out of flour!
- Grains (cooked or uncooked): rice, barley, oats, etc.
- Coffee grounds, tea bags, filters - yes even the filters!
- Fruit or vegetable pulp from juicing.
- Old herbs and spices.
- Outdated boxed foods from the pantry, cereal - (this was my favorite to take care of)!
- Egg shells - just crush them first they break down faster - (soon we will have a lot more egg shells to add back)!
- Corn cobs and husks - but cobs breakdown slowly.
- Newspapers except for the slicks or tabloid style, the inks can cause problems to your compost pile.
- Small amounts of paper added a little at a time is better than large amounts. It doesn’t break down quickly enough if you add to much.
Things you CAN NOT compost:
- Meat or meat waste, such as bones, fat, gristle, skin, etc.
- Fish or fish waste
- Dairy products, such as cheese, butter, cottage cheese, yogurt, cream cheese, sour cream, etc.
- Grease and oils of any kind
Most of these are not acceptable because they break down to slowly, attract rodents and cause your compost to smell.
No matter what your compost consists of you have to get out there and turn it so it will break down faster!