Composting Carnival

In consideration of the “climate change” and all of the pollution being spread world-wide when thinking about Earth Day this month on April 22nd let’s talk about composting! It is fun and economical and a great learning experience for your entire family! Improve the quality KB home you live in in Tampa, Florida.

What is Composting?

Composting is nature’s way of taking organic materials and breaking them down into a rich, soil boosting matter called compost. There are a few types of composting to consider:

  • Backyard composting- You can use a good balance of Grass clippings, leaves and food waste (only certain kinds) to make a rich home-grown compost
  • Worm composting-For those with a small yard this type of composting is for you and can set up and maintained fairly easily.
  • Grass-cycling- best for grass clippings you don’t want to dispose of and great for your lawn.

Reasons to Compost

  • Yard and food waste makes up 30% of landfill waste
  • Reduces pesticides and pest problems
  • Makes your soil much healthier
  • Improves soil moisture retention
  • Organic material feeds good organisms in the soil
  • Amends both sand and clay soil
  • Provides balanced nutrients for your soil
  • Saves you money
  • Plants grown in composted soil have higher nutrition content
  • Valuable tool in education kids about nature and the cycle of life

Types of Composters

There are a wide variety of ways to compost, including:

  • Enclosed bins

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Attractive and low maintenance but makes for slower composting as you do not need to turn or aerate this system.

  • Rolling Bins

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Aerates and rolls to your composting place easily. Eliminates the need for pitchfork aerating.

  • Tumblers

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Neat appearance and quick composting times make these a big hit with homeowners that have a little space to work with. Could not get any easier with a twist and clippings and scraps and you are on your way to richer soil.

  • Worm Bins

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This is an easy way to compost in a small space using red worms to turn your table scraps in worm tea!

  • Heaps or Piles

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If you don’t want anything fancy and you have plenty of land to work with just pile your compost into a large pile and “stir” it with a pitchfork now and then.

  • Pit Composting

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This should be dug no less than 18 inches deep and 3 feet wide

  • Sheet Composting

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This method is best for people with large gardens. Just spread you leaves and organic material over your garden in layers and it will naturally break down.

  • Individual Composting

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Take your table scraps that do not include meat or grains and dig a small hole in your garden and dispose and cover. Kids can do this as a household chore after dinner every night.

What to Compost

  • Leaves
  • Grass clippings
  • Vegetables scraps
  • Fruit scraps
  • Animal manure such as rabbit and chicken( not dog and cat)

Composting is fun and easy for the whole family and really great for our environment!

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