Composting for Apartment Dwellers, Part 2

“My whole life had been spent waiting for an epiphany, a manifestation of God’s presence, the kind of transcendent, magical experience that lets you see your place in the big picture. And that is what I had with my first compost heap.”

~Bette Midler

A month ago, I began composting for the first time.  I’ve learned a lot of lessons along the way. Here are a few:

  • Cut your food scraps into as little of pieces as possible before putting them in your freezer. They will break down faster.
  • Use leaves! They are much easier to use and break down than using paper and cardboard and having to cut them into a million  little pieces.
  • Balanced ratio of greens to browns! SUPER IMPORTANT. Your compost will be smelly without a balanced ratio.

Crappy things:

  1. My compost bin is made of plastic. Drilling holes created a million little plastic shavings that I couldn’t recycle.
  2. Not enough aeration, so now I am not using that second bucket.
  3. It’s only been ONE MONTH and my bin is already full! It filled up fast. I should have begun with a bigger bin at the start.

Positive things:

  1. I am hyper aware of how much food and organic waste I produce, and now I use every piece of every vegetable and fruit I consume as much as I can.
  2. This method is still really easy, straight-forward, convenient, and simple.
  3. Seeing Mother Nature in action! So so cool seeing my waste break down naturally in real time.

More updates will follow as I continue to try this out!

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