How to Start Composting

earth-machineIts easier than you might think. With the right accessories, compost has gone mainstream, making it much easier than before. As with anything, the right gear makes all the difference in the world.

Composting is a natural process that turns organic material into rich soil like material, used to spread around in gardens and planters.

What do you need to get started?

  • A kitchen composting pail – You can find attractive, stainless steel pails at Sur La Table and Kitchen Kaboodle or the like. Dishwasher safe and contain a carbon filter that completely eliminates any odor. Keep the pail near the sink.
  • An earth machine – These are large outdoor composters for yard debris and kitchen scraps. They have a lid and floor to keep out rodents.
  • A long-handled stirring tool
  • Yard debris

So to get started, just save your fruit and veggie scraps for three to four days in your kitchen pail then take it outside to dump them into the earth machine. The machine breaks everything down quickly, even in the cold.

What to compost and what not to compost:

  • Do compost your kitchen scraps such as, produce peelings, onion skins, vegetables, fruits, coffee grinds and egg shells.
  • Do add small pieces of cardboard, such as toilet paper rolls.
  • Do add food that has been cooked.
  • Do Not add any meat, fats or dairy products.
  • Do Not add pet manure or empty your kitty litter box into the compost.

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