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10 Reasons to Compost at Home -- It's Easier Than You Think! (VIDEO)

Posted by on Apr. 18, 2012 at 11:34 AM
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10 Reasons to Compost at Home -- It's Easier Than You Think! (VIDEO)

Posted by Amy Kuras

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.


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. 18, 2012 at 11:34 AM
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michiganmom116
by Platinum Member on Apr. 18, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Yes, we compost.

Other tricks: 

I start my own heirloom seeds in soil blocks instead of plastic/foam containers.

Use compost tea to foliar feed

Plant basil to deter tomato hornworms

Plant petunias among beans to deter bean beetles

Plant mint among brassicas (cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, etc.) to deter cabbage moths

Use a mixture of dishsoap with a few other ingredients as a bug spray to get the ones that aren't deterred by the above mentioned plants.

Use a broadfork to "till" the soil vs. a tiller.  It's better for the soil and earthworms, works just as well if not better than a tiller, loosens weed roots so I can pull them instead of chopping them with a tiller, and it doesn't use gas.

alyciajoseph
by Alycia on Apr. 18, 2012 at 5:26 PM
I just don't think I could do it.
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MrsTBailey
by on Apr. 18, 2012 at 6:05 PM
Yes my mil has a composting bin right next to her vegetable garden and she has another one also. We put our eggshells, food scraps and coffee grinds in it. I will have to remember that rhonda about the plants that you have to ward off different pests and also the bugspray mixture.
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