Jan 2 2011

Composting

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Composting has been a big hit in our house!

What’s better than playing the dirt? Making it!

I don’t believe children should finish all the food on their plates. They should stop eating when they are no longer hungry. Promoting a “clean plater” is promoting an over weight adult. At the same time, we also want to teach our children not to waste.

The solution? COMPOST!

They will have fun throwing their scraps in the compost.

They will have even more fun putting the compost in buckets with their little shovels and then adding it to the garden.

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Food rotting in landfills contributes to global warming. Landfills are America’s primary source of methane emissions, and the second-largest component of landfills are organic materials. When food decomposes in a landfill, it releases methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times more damaging than carbon dioxide. Furthermore, wet food waste is the main threat to groundwater or stream pollution in the event of a liner leak or large storm.

Financially, wasted food costs America more than $100 billion annually, says the University of Arizona’s Jones. (The USDA’s most recent estimate on the cost of food waste — $96 billion — is 10 years old.) Closer to home, the average four-person household wastes about $600 of food each year. (According to Culinate.com)

We can all do our part in significantly lowering Greenhouse emissions by stsrting our own home composts! Here’s a quick demonstration on how to get started.

2 Comments

  1. Richard
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 12:33 am | Posted By: Richard

    Hi ,
    I’ve just viewed the compost creation and believe that the method I have used for over 30 years offers me the best concept.
    Having tried compost tumblers which I find confine the contents and remain too wet.The ideal is compost made on the ground where the living organisms can enter the pile.
    When I weed I accumulate all that type of refuse ,cut branches with leaves and any soil from the roots and with my mower I shred the mass.This blend of vegetated matter heats up fast and breaks down rapidly. I’ve never been one to add additional mediums however I do grow comfrey in my garden which does aid in the break down of compost.
    Generally one cube yard takes 6 months however I should point out that I live in the tropics and this in itself helps the decomposition process.

  2. Elizabeth
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 1:13 am | Posted By: Elizabeth

    Hi Richard,
    Living in the tropics does help! I eat tons of coconut, and now that it’s winter, they are just sitting in my compost taking up space, and making it hard for me to turn it over. Coconut is the one thing I eat/drink no matter what season it is. Looking forward to warmer weather!

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