Composting is an easy way to for you to help your garden and the environment at the same time. Recycling kitchen and garden waste can reduce your garbage output by 30%. Adding your well-rotted compost back to your soil will improve its structure and add beneficial microorganisms back into the soil. Think of it as a natural alternative to chemical fertilizers. There is a wide array of composting bins on the market today and you can purchase one or build a simple one yourself. Or you can just start pile on the ground.

How and What to Compost

Generally speaking all of your kitchen waste except for proteins can be composted. They are called your “greens”. It’s best to leave meat or fish scraps out because they could attract pests. Lawn waste can be added as well, except for perennial weeds and diseased plants. They are called your “browns”. In its simplest form, composting is adding alternate layers of greens and browns. Occasional turning of the pile adds oxygen and helps the organic matter to breakdown. Pet waste should not be composted.