Turning Garbage Into Gold


When I was growing up, meal preparation always included a bowl on the counter that collected all of the non-edible food scraps such as potato peels, leafy carrot tops and apple cores. When the meal was finished and dishes were being washed, it was always someone’s job to empty that bowl into the compost in the corner of the yard. Even though my parents live in the city, the compost pile always had it’s place in the yard near the garden. Below is an article from my Dad on how to make the chore of composting an easy one.

Turning Garbage Into Gold

Is that a fuzzy tennis ball tucked into the back of the refrigerator where the oranges used to be? Do you ever think about how many banana peels you produce in a week?

Before you just toss this “garbage” in the waste can to be carted off to the landfill, consider recycling these natural materials yourself. Both you and the environment will benefit from your effort. And you may be surprised how little effort it takes and how much satisfaction you can get from composting.

It isn’t brain surgery. If it was once part of a plant, it is suitable food for your composting operation. Throw your vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, orange peels and grass clippings on a pile and let decomposition take its course. (For apartment dwellers or those with limited space, a 5 gal pail with holes punched into it will work.) Treat your compost pile like a living plant. Give it an occasional watering and fresh air and it will come to “life”. Within a couple weeks your compost will become home to a vast array of critters that spend their time busily breaking down plant material into simpler organic products. These act as fertilizer, mulch and soil conditioner for the plants to which they are applied.

The beauty of this process is that it feeds the natural cycles in nature while using waste material. You will be amazed at how your flower and vegetable garden will appreciate this “free” organic fertilizer. It sure seems like a better option than burying this same material in a landfill where it decomposes much slower by a process that releases harmful greenhouse gases.

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Posted in Living Green by Rhaya on March 20, 2008 | Permalink | No Comments

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