If you recycle your plastics, soda bottles, and other things in your home so that you don’t contribute any more trash than you have to at your local landfill, you should learn to make compost in your backyard. By making your own compost pile in your backyard, you will be able to recycle most of your kitchen scraps, reducing your trash even further. Another great benefit of composting is that you will have the best fertilizer you can find for your garden or flower beds…and it’s free. You will also reduce energy usage around your home because you won’t be using gas in your vehicle to go buy fertilizer for your garden.
All you need to get started is a place to let your compost sit while it works it’s way into fertilizer. You can either buy a compost bin or make your own out of scrap wood that you have around your home. Or, if you have enough room on your property, just make it into a pile in the yard somewhere out of the way.
Making compost is incredibly easy. Almost all of your kitchen scraps such as fruit, veggies, tea bags, eggshells, rice and pasta (no butter), grass clippings, plant cuttings, coffee filters, and other items are simply dumped into your compost pile. DO NOT compost dairy products, meat, oils (such as items coated in vegetable oil), fats (such as butter coated foods), or animal waste.
It can take take anywhere from 2 to 6 months for your compost to turn into fertilizer that you can use, depending on the outside temperature and whether or not you turn the pile every week or so (this will make it break down faster). If you’re pile is too dry you can also add some water to hasten the breaking down process. It’s just that simple!