You know when the excitement of a Home Depot gift card has you losing sleep at night dreaming of all of the homesteading goodness it could provide, you are one of a few things:
d. Sustainably living as best you can.
e. Easily amused
f. All of the above.
I know which one we are. I’ll let you decide which category you fall under.
In the midst of chicken/coop planning, CSA-joining, green cleaning, toddler-chasing, and working for a living we have jumped in head first to home-composting – well, not physically in the compost. Our piece of Home Depot gold bought the Ford Casa a sweet piece of simple composting machinery:
We’ve been composting our kitchen scraps for a while now, maybe a year give or take, but we’ve been taking it down to the center’s compost heaps – which for lack of better description, is a heap of nasty, stinky, unbalanced mess. When you look at it there are definitely things growing out of it – just not sure it’s anything I would willingly consume. Or touch for that matter… more on that another time as it is now one of my projects.
If you’ve never thought about composting, you should. It’s incredibly satisfying on many levels – it’s good for the earth by keeping organics out of landfills, it’s good for your plants because the soil it creates is so very rich in nutrients, and it’s good for you because you and your little people eat the fruits of your harvest – and then the cycle starts anew.
We keep a kitchen compostor on our counter made by BioBag lined with a compostable biodegradable bag – they are about five bucks for twenty-five at local natural food grocers – and we go through one or two a week depending on what we eat. We drop our “greens” – banana peels, coffee grounds, tea bags, fruit/veggie stems, soft spots cut out of produce, crushed egg shells – into the container, wait for it to fill up, then take the whole bag and its contents and toss it in the composter.
Cover the “greens” with twice as much “browns” – dry leaves, grass clippings, shredded paper, shredded cardboard – and turn the composter a few rotations a few times a week.
Make sure it has moisture (but not too much – think stew not soup), sunlight, and air and in a few months we will have rich soil to put on our baby tomato and pepper plants. Easy peasy.
There’s a well of information out there on composting waiting for you to unearth it. Here are a few folks making dirt that I found interesting, entertaining, or informative:
Learn it. Love it. Get dirty doing it.