It is almost Earth Day! Time to celebrate and care for the planet we all call home. Did you know that being vegan is one of the best ways to care for the planet? Look into it!
Another way to lessen your negative impact on our planet is through simple adjustments in your waste output. Ever thought about composting?
I love to try and use up leftover food. I will freeze, rework, blend, do about anything to use up food. Sometimes there comes a point where you just have to call it a
day. Your food has its own eco system. Time to get rid of it...but don't
just throw it away, that is bananas. You can compost, You
don't need acreage to compost, just a quiet corner of your patio or
We are here to help you get started. First you
need to decide what you can do with the space you have. You will need to
do a little internet search of your own to find the right composter for
you. I assure you that you can compost in your apartment, on your farm,
anywhere in between.
You will also want to consider
your time commitment. There are composting timetables that are available
for people of all schedules. There is no excuse not to compost, none.
Lazy composting is where you fill up your bin and let nature
do its thing. I have a bin made from palettes (thank you Pinterest) that
I have filled up. I water it when I think of it and a few times a year I
toss it around with a pitchfork. The turnaround to usable compost is
much longer, but if you have the space it is easy with 3 going at a
time. The rule of three is : One ready to use, one that you are adding
to and one that is cooking.
Active composting happens
when you use things like barrels, worms or any composter that works
quickly. Again I recommend the rule of three (See above). I have a
barrel composter that you rotate and add water too. I filled it up last
spring and plan to use it as soon as the snow from Walda melts off.
Now that you have a bin, what do you put in it?
Stuff you can compost
veggies or fruits. This means all of the stuff you trim off of your
food as well as the stuff that you forgot about in the back of your
Some yard stuff like grass clippings, dead plants (that haven't gone to seed), leaves
Cardboard, broken down
Shredded paper and newspaper
Coffee grounds, filters and all
Stuff you shouldn't compost
Animal products----good thing we're vegan
Anything treated with pesticides
Weeds that have gone to seed.
Fats, this means some of your leftovers should not be composted lest you attract vermin
poo. Manure is one thing if you want to collect that in a vegan way
(scooping it up for a farm sanctuary?), but cat and dog poop needs to go in
How to get compost that doesn't smell like freak funk
brown and green. Too much green and your bin will stink. Too much brown
and it will just sit there. So, do a combo. Keep it moist, not soaked,
just moist. Water it if it gets too dry. Easy.
What to do with it
you have something that resembles soil just mix it in with your garden.
Boom. You just composted, now go and hug the Earth and it will hug you