Thinking about starting a garden this Spring? Then think about beginning your own compost pile. Considering that one bag of organic soil will run you about twenty dollars (and you’ll need plenty of it), this viable option is the enviro-friendly gift that keeps on giving.
- Save money in the garden
- Grow bio-logically active, micro-nutrient rich produce
- Reduce landfill and run-off waste
- Promotes local crop-raising and seasonal produce selections
You’ll Need The Following:
- A sunny spot in your yard
- Pre-manufactured container or plot big enough to build your own area
- Commitment time
- A ratio of 30 green: 20 brown matter. Brown matter offers carbon and green nitrogen. This ratio is necessary for microorganisms to continually thrive.
What Garden Eats Suggests Composting
- Un-cooked & non-moldy veggie scraps*
- Un-cooked & non-moldy fruit*
- Cardboard toilet paper rolls
- Cardboard paper towel rolls
- Garden weeds (un-flowering, non-seeded best)
- Grass clippings
- Tree trimmings
- Fish bones
- Coffee grounds & filters
- Tea leaves & bags
- Tree bark
- Un-cooked tubers, brassicas & legumes
- Nut shells
- Brown paper bags
- Organic egg shells*
***We like to concentrate on organic matter as much as possible although not necessary. We never compost non-organic banana peels or strawberries because of their high pesticide residues (which permeate throughout the entire fruit if not organic). When deciding what you’ll compost, check out this list of the dirty dozen from The Environmental Working Group to learn about the produce you want to always purchase and eat organically. Garden Eats best reasons why you’ll want to go organic now!
And, what about egg shells? Garden Eats only purchases and eats organic eggs, so those are the shells we compost. With varying risk-theories on salmonella, you’ll have to decide if composting egg shells is right for your garden.
If you’re ready to dig-out your own space, send us an email or leave your questions in the comments section below. The bin pictured above is a pre-manufactured composter given to me as a gift. With tons of options for everyone, there’s no time to waste if you’re putting in a fresh organic garden this Spring!