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Composting at Home: The Basics

Many people want to make their lives as organic and as natural as possible, and if you’re one of those people, then please accept a strong high five from us! Yep, that was a good one. Although reducing our carbon footprint and reducing our negative impact on the world is something that we can do as a collective unit, there are little things that people can do at home to get the ball rolling.

For instance, more and more people seem to be adding some compost into their sustainable lifestyle, and this will only hope to grow and nurture the notion that our planet is in serious need of some TLC. Do you see what we did there? Well, when you’ve finished rolling your eyes because we’re not funny in the slightest, it might be time to read up on the basics of composting at home. 

What is it? 

If you’re completely new to compost, then you don’t need to worry. We’re here to break down the basics and help people get to grips with this new pile of organic matter in their lives. Yes, that’s because compost is quite literally a whole load of organic mush that mixes together and creates something that looks a little bit like soil.

However, it’s actually much more nutritious than soil because it’s made from decomposed leaves, twigs, grass clippings, vegetable waste, and all kinds of other natural ingredients. A compost is a place for people to utilise the waste they often create during the course of their lives, as this organic mush can then be used alongside soil to help plants grow. So, instead of throwing away your potato peelings, you can be the best parent you could possibly be to your favourite sunflower. 

The basic ingredients 

Although you can just shove your potato peelings on soil and hope for the best, there’s a bit more of an art to composting. You don’t have to whip out your watercolours, but you do need to know the basic ingredients of a compost bin. While this is going to sound a bit like a chemistry lesson, it’s going to make sense eventually. We promise. Most people buy their own compost bin to put in their garden, and it’s then down to them to ensure that the balance between three different ingredients is as equal as possible.

That’s because a compost requires different layers of browns (twigs, leaves, and branches), and layers of greens (fruit and vegetable waste, grass clippings, and coffee grounds). Then, it needs water to ensure that the compost can stay as moist as possible. The browns are essential because they provide your compost with carbon, the greens are essential because they provide your compost with nitrogen, and the water is essential because it breaks everything down into one nutritious mix. Does that make sense? That’s what we like to hear. 

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What are the benefits? 

Many people are put off the idea of composting because it does require a lot of upkeep, and it can get a bit smelly every now and then. However, if you keep it far enough from your house and any open windows, you’ll soon realise that the benefits outweigh the negatives. That’s because compost is pretty cool, and it helps to enrich our planet due to all of the nutrients that reside in the mush.

Many farmers and growers often have to use pesticides to grow their produce – so what if you could grow your flowers and maybe a few strawberries with natural waste that would normally just go to landfill? When this waste makes its way to landfill, a huge amount of potentially harmful methane is released into the atmosphere. By composting at home, you eliminate your addition to this methane, and that’s going to make you feel pretty good. 

If you’ve always wanted to start composting but didn’t quite know how to get started, it might be time to take your knowledge and put your plan into action. After all, what could be cooler than telling people you compost in your spare time? Actually, don’t answer that. It’s still pretty cool, though. 

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