Today is Earth Day

Composting

Today is Earth Day

What are you going to do to make a difference this year?  Composting is an excellent way to reduce over 45% of your household waste and turn it into something that will be great to use in your garden.

Here are some quick tips:

  • There are some easy activators that you can get for free to help kick start your composting.  Coffee grounds are great.
    • To get a real jump, approach a coffee shop and ask them to hold their coffee grounds for you from the entire day.
  • Composting is really not as difficult as it is made out to be.  In a nutshell you need a good mixture of layering of greens and browns.
    • Greens include: fruit and veggies, green plants, weeds without seeds, coffee and tea
    • Browns are fibrous and include: hair (dog hair as well as your own), dryer lint, string
    • In betweens: Leaves and grasses are considered greens when first cut, but if they are allowed to dry, they then fit under the brown category. It is really a good idea to let grass clipping dry out before putting them into a composter as they become lighter, and will not squish the oxygen out.
  • It is important to keep your composter moist like a wrung out sponge (40-60% moisture).  By keeping it moist, you will not attract mice, ants or wasps to it.
  • There are some easy activators that you can get for free to help kick start your composting:
    • Coffee grounds are great.  To get a real jump, approach a coffee shop and ask them to hold their coffee grounds for you from the entire day.
    • Put one cup of very healthy soil in the composter

There should be no smell at all if the above conditions are met.  For a detailed 13 page pamphlet on composting call Clean Calgary at 403-230-1443.  Here’s to reducing waste and making some great compost for your garden.  In gratitude for all you do to make this world a better place.

Sending sunshine,

Susanne