The average American household produces more than 200 pounds of kitchen waste every year—why throw it into our overflowing landfills when you can use it to improve your lawn and garden?
Have you ever opened your vegetable drawer to pull out the celery and come away with a handful of decomposing green glop? Before you reach for the trash can, why not recycle that rotting mess into nutrient rich compost? Home composting is an important part of eco living and a great way to feed your garden. While you can set up a simple pile in the yard and let nature take its course, there are some other options for home composting. To create rich compost quickly:
- Keep a small, special compost container in your kitchen so it is easy to save scraps.
- Use a compost bin that is designed to break down waste into rich, usable compost within weeks.
- Consider using a compost pile booster to help good bacteria multiply more quickly and heat up your compost pile.
- Freezing and thawing your compost scraps before you place them in the pile can also help to accelerate the break down.
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Aside from reducing waste that goes into the landfill, making your own compost provides you with a rich, valuable fertilizer for use on your lawn and garden. Adding compost to your soil improves its structure and fertility and increases its capacity to hold water.