TAG: Composting

Save money by going green

Leafy Continents

The following are some great tips and advice on how you can save the planet, save your wallet, and feel great doing it. Most are simple, some are no-brainers, and a few may cost you a bit of upfront cash, but will save you in the long-run. Create a homemade compost bin This is a quick and easy project for personal use or to teach the kids how to be eco-conservative. Say NO to disposable bags Stop using the plastic bags you normally receive from the grocery store. Purchase a recyclable bag and carry it with you. Not only won’t… read more

Composting – Better Than Rotting in Landfill

Clever Composting

You don’t need a farm to benefit from composting. You needn’t even a proper garden. Though composting is invaluable to both of these, providing soil amendment and enrichment, it has many beneficial attributes elsewhere. Beginning with its immediate surroundings, composting catches up to 99.5 percent of volatile organic chemicals, or VOCs, that may be present on the land. VOCs include heating fuels, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, and even explosives. These can come from contaminated soil, for which compost acts as a remedy. Composting is a key component for fighting erosion as well as silting, protecting banks that run along lakes, creeks, and… read more

Quick and Easy Composting

Bokashi composting

Bokashi, which means “fermented organic matter” in Japanese, is an intensive composting method that uses microbes such as yeast, bacteria, and lactic acid to break organic matter down quickly, creating compost in as little as two weeks. The active Bokashi agent is a pleasant-smelling bran-based material fermented with an effective micro-organism (EM) liquid concentrate and subsequently dried. Bokashi composting requires only a bucket and the Bokashi material.   The method enables composting not only materials that can go into regular compost systems such as  fruits, vegetables, coffee grounds, tea bags, egg, shells, and plant clippings, but also breads and other… read more

Compost Red Wrigglers

Worm Composting

Worm composting (vermicomposting) creates exceptionally good compost in a relatively short time. Vermicomposting at home is far more sustainable than purchasing compost, which requires environmentally harmful plastic packaging and transportation. Vermicomposting typically uses red wigglers, a small, tough, adaptable worm with a big appetite and a rapid reproductive cycle. A pound of red wigglers can chomp through approximately half a pound of food per day, and as the population grows, this rate should increase. The primary advantage of vermicomposting is that the material produed is superior to regular compost (I’ve found that worm compost boosts the yields of fruit and… read more

Greener Trash Bags

Greener Trash Bags

We sometimes have to buy merchandise that we probably would rather not, due to the price or its environmental hazard factor. One item that usually fails in both categories is trash bags. This is one example of something most would rather not spend money on. In addition to negative environmental effects, they are normally expensive for an object that is just going to be thrown out. Some varieties also may be thin and inferior, so they have to be doubled up on which adds to the waste. Even though the evils of the made from plastic bag have been preached for some time,… read more

Straw Bale Urinals Create Compost at Public Events

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How can event organizers deal with large amounts of urine from festival and concert attendees, without resorting to flushing it down the drain with a bunch of potable water? Taking into account that urine, while seeming to be waste, is considered to be liquid gold for fertilizing plants, and that compost is a very desirable addition to gardens and landscapes, the straw bale urinal idea may be a way to capitalize on both of those fronts. Sure, people can just urinate on the ground to put the nutrients in the ground, but when you multiply that by a factor of… read more

Try Composting Indoors

Real_Compost

Although an item may possess the ability to biodegrade, that does not ensure that it will. It is the environment that will either enable or prevent the bio-degradation of any object. Grapes and corncobs in decent shape have been found in landfills decades after they were thrown out. Whether or not an object is natural, the anaerobic environment of landfills are clearly not suited for the natural breakdown of organic waste. This is what makes composting important not only for the health of your garden, but as a measure of waste reduction. Even if you don’t own a yard, there… read more

Walnuts: A Healthy Choice

Walnuts

Walnuts are nutritional powerhouses, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, high-quality protein, antioxidants, and other beneficial ingredients. Nutrients found in walnuts help to reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, gallstones, certain cancers, and type 2 diabetes. Although all nuts provide health benefits, a recent study found that walnuts are the richest in antioxidants (American Chemical Society, 2011). According to the George Mateljan Foundation (2012), nearly 95% of people don’t eat any tree nuts at all, which is unfortunate because those who do eat nuts consume significantly more fiber, potassium, calcium, and magnesium than their nut-avoiding counterparts. Research indicates that… read more

The Sustainable Garden

Chives, Jennifer Copley

Here are five tips for those who care about the environment and would like to develop their gardens with sustainability in mind. 1. Compost: Instead of throwing away food scraps and plant trimmings and buying plastic bags filled with compost, make your own. There are a number of methods, the simplest of which is to bury kitchen scraps, leaves, and trimmings from healthy plants in the garden and let the process occur naturally. You can also use a compost bin or tumbler, a worm composting system, or a bokashi composting system to speed up the process. Don’t add meat, dairy… read more

Vegetable Composting

Vegetable composting

Vegetable composting is a vital to reduce wasting at our landfills. It is just that simple. Why send it off to a landfill when it can be planted in the front yard for composting. When cooking, use an additional bowl to collect food waste such as vegetable and fruit tops, peels, and ends. Coffee grounds, tea leaves, and egg shells are likewise useful in composting.  It is best not to use meats or greasy food as it can attract animals and cause a bad odor. Simply blend your compost into the garden about 12 inches deep. One method is to… read more