Composting Saves

Reduce your taking-out-the-trash trips and create a nutrient-rich, and budget-friendly soil additive for your garden. Follow these simple steps to get started:

>> Recycle or buy a plastic bin with a lid. It should stand 24 inches or taller. The lid ensures that moisture stays in and critters stay out.

>> Drill 8 to 10 holes in the bottom of the container for aeration purposes.

>> Place either shredded newspaper or leaves in the bottom of the bin, filling it about ¼ full.

>> Place dirt on top of the leaves until about ½ full.

>> Now you can toss in any paper products or food scraps you would like to compost. Give it a light stir and cover with dirt.

>> Spray with lukewarm water until moist. Be careful not to soak it completely, as this will cause unpleasant smells.

>> Drill 8 to 10 small holes in the lid, and place on top of bin.

>> Place bin in a shady spot away from the house. If you live in an apartment, you can put it on the patio or balcony. Keep it out of the sun, if possible, so it won’t dry out. Your compost should be ready to use in a couple of short months!