Is Composting Worth It?
If you are looking for a way to cut down on waste and help the environment, you may consider composting. Composting is the natural process of recycling plant and food waste and leaving it to eventually turn into usable soil. The soil from composting is nutrient rich and can be used in your yard, garden, or flower beds.
Is Composting Difficult?
Composting is not for everyone, as the process can be tedious and it can take many months for the soil to develop. The first step is to determine how you will compost. There are special bins that you can purchase that are designed for composting. Although the bins make the process easier and faster, they are not necessary, and you can get the same results with a simple cardboard box. You want to choose a spot that gets at least six hours of sunlight a day. You can start adding your composting ingredients and let the items sit. You should turn the compost pile every 2to 4 weeks. If you are using a bin, many of them have handles that turn the pile. For a box style compost, simply take a gardening tool and turn the items over. With composting, it can take up to a year to create usable soil.
What Items are Good to Compost?
There are many everyday items that you can compost, such as:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Coffee grounds, tea bags, and filters
- Crushed eggshells
- Grass clippings
- Shredded paper and newspaper
- Hair and fur
What Items Should Not Be Composted?
There are also many items that should not be composted, such as:
- Fat, grease, and oil
- Animal and human waste
- Diseased or insect-ridden plants
- Dairy products, such as butter, milk, and yogurt
- Meat or fish bones and scraps
- Yard trimmings with pesticides
While composting might not be for everyone, if you decide to dive in and give it a try, we at Challenger Irrigation are here to help keep your freshly soiled flowerbeds, vegetable gardens, and updated lawn irrigated properly. If you are located in Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, and Citrus Counties, please call our office to schedule an appointment for us to visit your property today.