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Are you a composter? What other green gardening tricks do you use?

Posted by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 4:57 AM
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10 Reasons to Compost at Home -- It's Easier Than You Think!

Posted by Amy Kuras on April 17, 2012

It's gardening season! That means it's time to think about how to make your garden grow. Most people are throwing out the best stuff money can't buy ... kitchen scraps. Those banana peels magically transform into rich, vital compost that will have your plants thriving -- with the help of time and a little worm poop, of course.

Think it's not for you? Hold on there, sister. In this episode of Mom-Ed: Green Living on CafeMom Studios YouTube Channel, you'll get the 411 on how to make composting work.


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1) It cuts down on waste. We throw out 33 million tons of food scraps every year, much of which could be converted into compost that would then grow more food.

2) It's not so stinky as you might think. If you keep a covered bin (with air holes drilled) in your garage and layer in your food waste, you'll never know it's there.

3) You can do it in a small space. Learn how to compost with a milk carton in this episode!

4) It's good for all plants, not just the food ones. Lawns, flowers, even houseplants love a nice top-dress of compost giving them nutrients.

5) No bugs, no rats ... if you do it right. Keep your bin covered (see a pattern here?) and only compost the right things and you'll be critter-free.

6) It's frugal. Instead of spending tons of money on fertilizers to make your plants grow, you're getting compost for free. And you can roll your grocery cart right past the pricey organic veggies and pick them in your backyard instead.

7) It can be faster than you think. Garden centers sell compost starters that speed up the breakdown of food into compost, and you can also just stop by your local bait shop (you do have one, right?) and buy a container of worms. They eat the food, they poop the food, and voila ... compost.

8) You can compost almost anything ... even some "green" cleaning wipes and corn-based party cups can go right in the compost bin!

9) It can make a cool science project for your kids.

10) Compost is called "gardener's gold" for a reason ... your food plants will produce like crazy. And if you don't garden, you probably have a green-thumbed friend who will happily trade veggies and flowers for your compost.

So do you like what you see of Mom-Ed: Green Living? Then don't forget to subscribe by clicking the green button at the top of the video. To get even more of our fabulous shows, check out CafeMom Studios YouTube Channel, where you can subscribe to the rest of the lineup. Oh, and happy composting!

Are you a composter? What other green gardening tricks do you use?

by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 4:57 AM
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johnny4ever
by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 8:45 AM

We have a water basin to collect rain water

gmadiane
by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 8:50 AM

I would compose if I could but where I live it is not an option and sadly no garden right now either

MamaJane
by on Apr. 19, 2012 at 9:42 AM

 Yup my brother calls it gold.  I'm getting a bin soon.  I tried my hand at it last year but I wasn't doing it right. 

johnny4ever
by on Apr. 22, 2012 at 12:53 PM

bump

brlee1115
by on Apr. 22, 2012 at 1:56 PM

I don't know if this is considered "green" enough, but the clippings from my plants I leave in the garden.  If I have pieces of strawberries, apple cores, etc., I throw in the yard for the birds, squirrels or frogs.

Bmat
by on Apr. 22, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Yes I do compost.  We don't have a lot of trash in our trash can because I compost veggies and fruits.  My sister also composts cardboard, which I haven't done.

Bmat
by on Apr. 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Leaf mold is another really nice soil conditioner.  If you just pile up leaves in a woods or out of the way area then in a year or so the bottom layers will be lovely loam.

lynnd4
by on Apr. 22, 2012 at 3:04 PM
I have a compost bin but its difficult to mix. Next one I buy will be a tumbler.
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Bmat
by on Apr. 22, 2012 at 3:15 PM

My sister has a bin, but I notice that it draws flies. I asked her if she put meat or meat products in it, and she says she doesn't, but the heat should kill flies.

Quoting lynnd4:

I have a compost bin but its difficult to mix. Next one I buy will be a tumbler.


lynnd4
by on Apr. 22, 2012 at 3:29 PM
Mine gets flies too. I don't do meat either, but would eventually like to get a buried bin, so I can do stuff like that. I moved mine this year to a shaded spot, hopefully that makes a difference.

Quoting Bmat:

My sister has a bin, but I notice that it draws flies. I asked her if she put meat or meat products in it, and she says she doesn't, but the heat should kill flies.

Quoting lynnd4:

I have a compost bin but its difficult to mix. Next one I buy will be a tumbler.


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