“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.”
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.
- My compost bin is made of plastic. Drilling holes created a million little plastic shavings that I couldn’t recycle.
- Not enough aeration, so now I am not using that second bucket.
- 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.
- 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.
- This method is still really easy, straight-forward, convenient, and simple.
- 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!