LEARN | The Basics Of Composting For Wherever You Live

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Composting. The idea seems arduous, pointless and well, dirty. But you know what, it's pretty cool too.

Today is Learn About Composting Day and that's just what we are going to do...do. 😉

Quick question with a quicker answer.

Q - What is compost?  

A - Bug poop.

Now that we are on the same page we can move on.

7 REASONS TO START COMPOSTING

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Lots of very skilled and impressive folks are blogging about the benies of composting. Here are some of the best reasons we found to get started with your own pile/bin.

  1. Composting Is Simple
  2. Helps Conserve Water
  3. Less Trash Sent To The Landfill
  4. Promotes Healthy Plants
  5. Good For The Environment
  6. Saves You Money
  7. No Need For Chemicals

sources (thisoriginalorganiclife.com, vitality4life.com

Sounds great doesn't it, especially that bit about saving money. But who the heck has time am I right? Actually it's not that time consuming.

5 STEPS TO STARTING YOUR COMPOST PILE

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  1. Start by picking up any brown materials in your yard like dried leaves or twigs. Break up the twigs if they are branches into small pieces and let the brown materials be your base.
  2. Then add in green materials which is easiest found in lawn clippings and newspaper.
  3. If you are a coffee or tea drinker, start to add the coffee grounds with the filter to the pile. This includes tea bags and loose leaf teas.
  4. Add in egg shells (crumbled up if you can), all your leftover fruits and vegetables except for citrus can go onto your compost pile.
  5. Stay away from adding meats and dairy as that’s when you attract the bugs you really don’t want as well as animals.

source: momsneedtoknow.com

3 BENEFITS OF ADDING COFFEE TO YOUR GARDEN

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You have the perfect garden starter material in your coffee maker and it's packed with elements that will promote a healthy, vibrant garden.

Coffee in your garden will also;

  1. Keep cats out
  2. Keep Pesky Slugs & Snails Away
  3. Great soil amendment for your compost pile

And according to GardeningKnowHow.com;

The benefit of using coffee grounds as a fertilizer is that it adds organic material to the soil, which improves drainage, water retention and aeration in the soil. The used coffee grounds will also help microorganisms beneficial to plant growth thrive as well as attract earthworms.

 

 

2 comments

  1. AnneMarie 31 May, 2015 at 22:08 Reply

    My compost (with lots of coffee grounds) is like cocaine to my plants. We joke that we are getting an extra dose of caffeine in our veggies from the garden. 🙂

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