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Compost: Food Waste Prevention and Potential Fertilizer

6/3/2011 2:01:30 PM

Tags: mike lieberman, urban gardening, organic gardening, apartment gardening, compost, Mike Lieberman

Indoor Compost Bin 

I say compost, you think of rotting food, dirt, flies and a horrible smell. For that reason most people wont' even consider composting at home. 

It's not all totally true. Compost is made from rotting food and dirt, yes. Though if it's properly maintained, the flying insects and be kept under control. It will results in a resource that can help to feed and strengthen your home or apartment garden. 

When you use food scraps, you will also be helping from keep the food from the landfill. About one third of waste in the world is attributed to food. Not only is it a waste, but it also won't properly decompose in the landfill and turns into harmful CO2 and methane gases.

According to the New York City Compost Project, "The average New York City household discards two pounds of organic waste each day—adding up to more than one million tons of organic material a year."

Doesn't it seem like a complete waste to toss out these things that you already have on hand that help your garden to survive?

There are two ways that you can start to compost at home. The first is aerobic composting. That is the kind of composting that most people think of when composting is mentioned. It's food scraps and dirt mixed together. It's called aerobic because it needs to be turned so that air can be circulated through it to help break it down.

Here are simple instructions on how to make an indoor compost bin. 

Indoor worm composting is a second and popular method. People often get squeamish about worm composting. Red wiggler are the most common worms used for this process. The easiest way to explain it is that the worms help to aerate the soil, breakdown the food and their castings are great for your plants.

attempted to make my own worm bin several times, but failed each one. 

You know the two methods, now you can choose which one works best for you and get to composting. 



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