Monday, June 22, 2015

Fun Facts About Composting!

Composting is a great way to reduce waste in the kitchen and recycle organic waste for re-use in your garden.  Anything that was once living will eventually decompose, meaning that all of those scraps of food from your kitchen that once went into the trash can actually go into a compost pile and be used again!

Here at Our Green House we love composting, and we want to share a few fun facts that might help convince you to start your own compost pile!

1.  While the most common items people compost are fruits and vegetables, you can compost lots of other items as well! These include:  tea bags, bread crust, egg shells, junk mail (shredded), jell-o, pet fur, saw-dust, and much more!

2.  You can compost all year round, even if you live in an area that gets very cold in the winter.  Learn more about composting in the winter here.

3.  Composting can decrease plant disease and possibly eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers in your garden.  Compost can also help clean contaminated soil.

4.  On avergae, each US household genterates 650 pounds of compostable material each year, and about 60% of what we throw away is organic material that could be composted.

5.  Adding red worms to your compost pile can help speed up the process.  

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Starting a compost pile in your own backyard is a lot easier than you might imagine.  For tips and directions on how to start your own compost pile, click here!

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