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A Quick and Dirty Guide to Composting

Posted on May 2nd, 2013 in DIY, Gardening, Nature.

The Stockade Bed and Breakfast, which is certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, is committed to sustainable practices and protecting the environment. That’s why we are a big believer in composting — a simple and effective way to be more eco-friendly!

better compostAccording to the Environmental Protection Agency, the largest contributor to landfills in America is food waste; in 2009 alone, 34 million tons of food waste was produced. Once food waste is dumped in a landfill, it is unable to be reused for the environment.

There are numerous benefits of composting. Not only does composting prevent food waste from ending up in a landfill, but it also adds nutrients to soil, encourages healthy plant roots, saves water by helping the soil to retain moisture, reduces soil erosion, balances pH, and decreases the need for petrochemical fertilizers.

Here are some things that you can chop and use for compost. For best results, use a mixture of browns and greens to ensure a good carbon-to-nitrogen ratio:

“GREENS”

  • coffee grounds and filters
  • tea bags
  • citrus rinds
  • fruit and vegetables
  • ground eggshells

“BROWNS”

  • grass
  • pine needles
  • shredded cardboard or newspaper
  • wood

Source: http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/pdf/8367.pdf