I cannot be the only one who will continually shove the garbage down despite it's overflowing status in a effort to prolong my trip out to the garbage bin. Yes, I like a clean house and yes, that means that a lot of garbage makes its way into the can, but hauling that over-stuffed bag outside seems like such a a daunting task, and so I continue to shove it down in an attempt to create more space.
But there is another way to create more space in the trash can -- and avoid sending too much to the landfill -- just by adding an extra receptacle: a compost bin.
Composting is an easy way to reduce your garbage production while improving the condition of your garden's soil, and it's easier than you might think. Just toss kitchen scraps into a bin or compost heap, add the right amount of moisture then stir occasionally. Within a few weeks, you will have a nutrient-rich soil supplement that your garden will love.
Of course, it's important to have the right kind of scraps to add to your compost pile, including equal parts of brown (carbon) -- which will help prevent your compost pile from becoming too stinky -- and green (nitrogen) to help speed up the decaying process.
Aside from the typical banana peels and coffee grounds, there is an abundance of compostable items in your home that you are probably tossing out, and it's not restricted to food items, either. Here are some other household items that should be making their way to your compost heap, too.
Believe it or not, things made out of latex are perfect for your compost pile. This includes balloons, powder free latex gloves and even condoms. That's because natural latex comes from plants, specifically the milky substance found in many flowering plants such as milkweed.
The next time you clean out your hairbrush, don't toss that precious collection into the trash can. Instead, add it to your compost bin. Not only does it serve as a slow-release fertilizer for your soil, but can be a great way to increase the soil's drainage and improve it's structural integrity. This includes both human and pet hair.
3. Cleaning Remnants
5. Stale Spirits
Wine corks can be added, as well.
6. Everything Else
Composting is one of the best ways you can improve your soil and reduce your carbon footprint -- and you can literally compost just about everything but the kitchen sink. So save yourself a trip to the dumpster and instead head out to the garden to create a balanced meal for your plants. Because if you treat your soil well, it will return the favor by producing healthy, abundant vegetation for the whole family.