To bin or not to bin
Composting your lawn
Composting the grass clippings in this way improves the soil and helps promote growth of flower beds, rose shrubbery or vegetable patch that you may have close to the lawn. The key to this mulching method is to cut the grass frequently thus preventing too much mulched grass gathering at any given time. If you do want to add grass to your compost bin it can be raked up and layered into a compost bin with other household waste. Plastic compost bins become cracked and worn over the years but don’t throw them away when you get a new compost bin because old battered bins can be used to grow bin potatoes very successfully.
What foods are suitable for the compost bin?
Apart from the grass cuttings you can add items of household waste when making compost. It is best if you do not include cooking oil, cheese, meat, bread, bones or fat laden foods such as creams and dressings. It is better not to add shells of boiled eggs either as all of these foodstuffs mentioned can ferment and become odorous and attract vermin of all sorts. The things that you can add to a compost bin are vegetable peelings, over ripened fruit, tea leaves, coffee grounds, fruit skins and ‘raw’ egg shells. These organic foods will not attract rodents. If you make jams and preserves in wintertime or elderberry drinks in the springtime then the trimmings from these fruits and flowers can be added to the bin, but do ensure that you do not add any of these if they already have the sugar added.
Which non foods are suitable for the compost bin?
All yard trimmings are good for composting. Grass will work, as mentioned above, but so too will fallen leaves, old plants, newspaper, some weeds, wood, twigs, sawdust and wood ash. By following the advice above you will be making good use of organic waste. You will also be helping the environment by reducing landfill space that is becoming increasingly scarce. These household wastes are responsible for up to 30% of landfill space. A small amount of composting in every home will dramatically affect how we deal with waste materials on a big scale.
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