Learn why composting is so important, and find the perfect composting containers for your individual needs!
On Instagram the other day, we got into a conversation about composting in my stories.
Listen – I’m semi-crunchy. I grow food in our giant garden during the warm months, eat about 85% plant based, we use real dishes, and store our food in glass containers.
I also drive a minivan, use plenty of things in our home with plastic packaging, and use plastic bags more than I should.
For me? It’s about balance. We try to be conscious of being eco friendly, but don’t obsess over it.
One of the things I truly love to do is compost. It’s really simple to do, and is good for my garden AND our planet. It’s really simple too!
Why you should compost:
I read that more than 40% of the space in landfills in the US are comprised of organic matter. It’s not actually able to decompose because there’s not enough oxygen to break down the food/plant waste. Think about how much food waste you could save from going to the landfill – for a typical family it’s a LOT! It’s definitely not an insignificant amount.
What do you put in your compost?
We have a counter composter in our kitchen so this is really easy to use during our everyday life. I sell the exact one we use in my shop – you can shop for our counter composter here. I love that it’s made out of bamboo, and it has a carbon filter so it doesn’t smell!
Here’s what we personally put in our compost:
- fruit + vegetable scraps
- skins, peels, ends, and pits
- Coffee grounds
- Egg Shells
From outside, we put in leaves and grass clippings. We do not compost meat scraps.
How to use a tumbling composter:
We used to have a compost pile that wasn’t very secure, and was just in a corner of our yard. We found out after using it for a year that we were basically feeding a family of groundhogs with our compost 😅 Whoops!
Now we bought a tumbling composter and are using that – and while it’s not going to work as well during these winter months (composting works really well in the heat) we’re getting it started!
I’ve been watching videos about how to compost at home – here’s a simple straightforward one (this is the composter we have):
Composting containers for any yard:
Here’s some composting containers that can work for spaces that are small – or if you just want to have a portable animal-proofed system in your yard. Most of them are pretty well priced!
What if I don’t need the composted dirt?
If you’d still like to make an impact on the landfill waste, but don’t really have a need for the dirt in your life…check out your local composting options! MANY communities have composting centers that you can drop off food and yard waste. They they work on composting directly at their center, and people in your community can benefit from this soil! It’s truly a wonderful system that has so many benefits for the world and your local community.
I hope that this helps convince you to give composting a try! If you’re looking for more gardening content, I have a lot of helpful resources on my gardening page here.