Composting dos and don’ts and things to remember

Composting is what you will hear from environmental agencies as one of the effective ways to reduce garbage disposal. Since segregation of trash (biodegradable vs. non-biodegradable) is a must-do in some states, knowing how to turn food left overs into a compost is a fabulous way to feed your garden with the healthy stuff. But everyone cannot make their own compost because some states prohibit residence on having compost. There are many reasons as to why everyone is not allowed to have compost, main reason is it might promote the increasing number of flies and rodents in the neighborhood.

Let us show you how to do it right to get the maximum benefits from composting:

Traditional compost pit

This works for people who have big gardens. It will require a work space for your compost pit.

  1. Select an area where you want to have compost pit.
  2. Get your shovel and start digging the soil at least 1 foot deep.
  3. Chop food left overs finely before pouring them. The compost materials should not be greater than 4 inches. Here is a list http://www.plantea.com/compost-materials.htm  of you can use for compost
  4. Add other materials such as soil, sand, paper, dried leaves and/or fresh/dry grass. Pouring other materials on the compost, reduce the smell and absorb extra moisture that can make your nose file a complaint.
  5. Once the organic materials are added, pour some soil unto the compost pit.
  6. Let it decompose but still water adequately from time to time to speed up the process of decomposing.
  7. Last step, you just got a nutritious soil and now you can start planting!

 

Things to remember:

Before you start composting, make sure that you check first whether it is allowed in your area. You may visit US Composting Council website and refer to the guidelines to be able to start composting.

Do it properly. Composting may attract flies and rodents if not done properly. Make sure that your compost pit is far from your home.

Use organic materials as instructed above such as dried/fresh grass, sand, paper, and dried leaves. This layer will prevent the odor but will not eliminate it completely.

 

Alternative ways of composting

Home owners who have mini garden and still want to compost, still have the chance to produce quality soil through composting. Here are the alternative ways for you.

Closed bins composting

Closed bin composting is for those who have little space.  The bin used for this method doesn’t have a bottom; the composting materials still have access to the ground soil. The lid cover of the container is much secured to prevent rodents and flies from going through and off course, prevent odor from spreading to the air. There are pros and cons, visit  http://www.finegardening.com/6-ways-make-great-compos , though it may offer a convenient way of replacing a compost pit, the decomposing process takes much longer because the exposure and temperature requirement are not met.

Tips: (Use this method at your own discretion)

Since the closed bin processed takes more time to decompose, you may blend your food left overs mixed with the organic materials to create a pureed consistency. You can use this method in compost pit as long as allowed by your state. Many gardeners are already practicing this method. They found it effective because the particles are broken into tiny bits and it still contains nutrients for worms. Visit mysisterspanty to know of  this method step by step.

 

Clutter-free at home

Change starts at home

We are a firm believer that change happens from within and starts at home. So we are not only going to help you save the world but also keep you from getting insane because of all the clutters that lingers in your home. Once you completed all the steps, you will feel relieved and relaxed knowing that your place became organized and clutter-free. Many agree that your home reflects your mind. If your home is full of clutter, and so is your head. Meet Alison, she will give you tips on how you can maintain clutter-home and some tips on how to de-clutter.

  • Create a to-do list – helps you organize your thoughts and manage your schedule.
  • Organize first before buying organizing supplies – will prevent you from buying organizing supplies that you don’t need. And also saves you time and money. Most of all, it will minimize the possibility of you throwing those unnecessary stuff you just bought.
  • Designate a good-will box for all the things to be given away – you can separate things that you will still want to keep and the things you want to donate. Great way to organize!
  • Evaluate the need before buying – before buying anything there should be a clear need for it.
  • Go Paperless – it helps you become clutter-free and save trees, a good way to minimize trash production.

These are useful tips that we go by too. If you want more of these tips visit her website www.bloglovin.com. There is another method that we fell in love with, it is called KonMari Method. This method is created by Marie Kondo, a well-known author of “Spark Joy”.  Celebrities go by her way of organizing simply because it is effective. Her rules for acquiring and tossing your stuff are simple. You have to create a character of the possession you are wanting to buy or wanting to discard, then identify whether that object is causing you joy. If it spark some joy in you, then you keep it. At first, we find it absurd but as we go through her steps of organizing, we became so successful with what we want to achieve. Her book has good insights on how to stay clutter-free. To know more about her book click here: tidyingup.com.

Why are you telling me this?

Change happens within. We can tell you to this and that but after a month, you might just get tired and go back to your old ways of disposing and managing your garbage. The tips provided on this post will create something in your subconscious mind that you no longer want clutter in your home, in your life, and for the planet earth. Try these tips then you’ll understand what we’re talking about.