Have you ever wondered if there’s something you can do with all of the food scraps from your kitchen? Currently, what you’re probably doing is just to throwing these scraps into your garbage bin. However, have you ever heard about the practice of composting? It is the process of turning specific scrap materials into natural fertilizer which can be used to add nutrients to your soil for the healthier growth of your plants. Sounds interesting? Here are some steps you need to take to start composting food scraps from your kitchen.
Know the benefits of composting food scraps
Before doing something, you should always understand what’s in it for you. As mentioned earlier, composting turns certain materials such as food waste into natural fertilizer. Therefore, you will get the same benefits as commercial fertilizers, but there won’t be any harm to the environment due to the absence of chemicals. Aside from improving the quality of your soil, this is also inexpensive yet easy and can reduce the number of waste being brought to our landfills.
Identify what food wastes are good as compost
There are a lot of types of food wastes that are good as compost. However, we have to understand that there are some items that should be used since these can attract pests such as rodents and fruit flies as well as bad odor. These items that should be avoided when composting at home include the following: meat products, fish and poultry products, foods containing oil, and dairy products.
Regarding wastes that are good to compost, here are few of the best food scraps for composting:
- Vegetable wastes
- Fruit peelings, pits, pulp, or cores
- Spices and herbs
- Tea bags
- Coffee filters
- Pasta and bread
- Cereals and grains
- Eggshells (should be crushed finely)
Store all your kitchen scraps for composting in a separate garbage container
This ensures you that all food scraps for composting are segregated already. It will be much harder to segregate this when mixed with non-compost wait materials. Your container can be as large or as small as you like which will ultimately depend on how much land you have for gardening. However, you must ensure that there is no open space when placed with a lid for fruit flies to come in. In order to prevent this from occurring, you can line the lid of your container with old newspapers or tarps before closing the bin. This can block fruit flies from coming to your compost bin.
Introduce non-food waste compost materials to your compost bin
By adding non-food wastes to your compost bin, essential microorganisms needed for effective composting shall be introduced to your food scraps. Also, the process of composting shall be sped up compared to composting using kitchen wastes alone. Examples of these non-food waste compost materials include good soil, leaves, shredded paper, and grass.
If you think that all of these are hard work, there’s another way for you to do your composting. You can dig a hole deep enough for your pets not to reach and just dump your kitchen scraps in the hole. Just cover it with soil and that’s it. You can even do this before the snow comes in and it’s a good way to prep garden for winter!
We hope this gets you interested in composting since it can be your own way of reducing the amount of wastes which can damage the environment. If you’d like to share your experience with composting or ask further questions, let us know by adding a comment down below.
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