If you’re like most people, you want to do your part to help the environment. One easy way to do this is by composting. Composting is a process of turning organic waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment. In other words, it’s a way of recycling plant materials back into the earth. Not only is composting good for the environment, but it’s also great for your garden! If you’re interested in starting a compost pile of your own, keep reading for some tips on maintaining your compost pile. Let’s make some dirt!
- Choose the right compost bin. Composting is a great way to reduce your landfill waste, and it’s easy to do at home with the right compost bin. There are many different types of compost bins available on the market, so it’s important to choose one that will best suit your needs. If you have a small yard, choose a bin that is compact and doesn’t take up too much space. If you have a lot of organic waste, choose a bin that is large enough to accommodate all of your compostables. It’s also important to consider what type of material your bin will be made from. Some materials, such as plastic, can leach chemicals into your compost. Choose a bin made from food-grade materials like stainless steel or high-quality plastic for the safest compost. With the right compost bin, you can easily turn your kitchen and yard waste into valuable nutrient-rich compost for your garden.
- Keep your compost moist, but not wet. To compost successfully, you need to maintain the right moisture level in your compost pile. if it’s too wet, your compost will smell bad and attract pests; if it’s too dry, the composting process will slow down. The ideal moisture level for composting is about 60-70%. You can check the moisture level of your compost by scooping up a handful and squeezing it. If a few drops of water come out, it’s just right. If water runs out, it’s too wet; if no water comes out, it’s too dry.
- Add nitrogen and carbon rich materials to your compost. Composting is an easy way to recycle your kitchen and garden waste. compost is rich in nutrients which makes it great for your garden. composting is a process of decomposition that recycling organic materials into a usable product. To compost effectively, you need to add both carbon-rich and nitrogen-rich materials to your compost bin. Carbon-rich materials include things like dead leaves, straw, and sawdust. Nitrogen-rich materials include things like grass clippings, coffee grounds, and kitchen scraps. By adding both types of material to your compost bin, you will create a healthy compost that will be full of nutrients for your plants.
- Stir your compost occasionally to help it break down. Over time, the compost will decompose into a dark, rich soil amendment that can be used in your garden or potted plants. Not only will composting reduce your waste, but it will also help your plants thrive.
Composting is a Part of Recycling
Composting is a component of recycling. The soil your composter creates can be added to your back yard garden or sprinkled over the lawn and shrubs as an efficient, yet earth-friendly fertilizer to boost growth. Check your regional bylaws for guidelines before composting. We don’t accept compost at our facility in Kelowna, but encourage all forms of recycling for a cleaner planet and to reduce waste in our landfills. Our specialty is metal recycling, and we accept many other items, including construction waste. Call for details.
Drop off accepted recycling items at our location in Kelowna, or schedule a recycling pick up. It’s easy to fill out our online form to schedule pick up services. Please note that pick up times are approximate and will be confirmed by phone in advance.
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