If you’re interested in living a greener lifestyle, you should start by adding one or two green habits to your daily routine at a time. This way you’ll have time to adjust to your new habits and they will become second nature. One of the easiest ways to reduce your impact on the environment, without disrupting your day to day life, is to learn how to compost. Not only is composting easy, it can be done right in your backyard and you’ll be producing your own fertilizer for your garden or flower bed.
How to Compost at Home
You can either buy a composting bin, make your own out of spare wood in your yard, or even just make a pile of compost in an out of the way corner in your yard that receives a few hours of sunlight a day. After you have an area where you can place your compost, it’s as simple as adding your kitchen scraps and leftover yard waste to it as you generate it. Then you just need to “stir” it once a week. This will mix the fresh items you put in it with the older ones so it decomposes faster.
Ideally, you want your compost to be fifty percent wet items, such as leftover fruit and vegetable
scraps, and fifty percent dry items, such as grass clippings and leftover yard waste. That way it is moist and will “cook” during the day when sunlight is on it. If you notice it’s too dry, you can always add water to it. Some things you shouldn’t ever put in your compost bin are: animal fats, cooking oils, meats, or dairy products. These items will actually spoil your compost and prevent it from becoming fertilizer.
Composting may not be living off the grid, where you’re using no power except what you generate yourself , but every little bit helps when you’re trying to help conserve the environment. If you would like to learn more about how to compost kitchen scraps or how to compost leaves, there are many good books available at places like Amazon.com that will guide you.
Tip of the Day:
There are many ways you can lower your carbon footprint and live “green”. Installing window tinting on all of your home’s windows will help you conserve precious energy by controlling the amount of heat that gets into your home, and using solar garden lights in your yard or a solar panel on your home also helps the environment by reducing the amount of fossil fuels used to generate electricity.