Compost Dreams Come True
Last fall, I was reallllllly wanting to start composting for a winter project.
Here I listed a few reasons why I wanted to start!
In January, I started!! And just last week, in May, I used our first batch for my summer garden. And it felt amazing. And seeds started popping up right away, so they must also feel amazing.
Here is how I started:
For a quick fly - by of how and what and when to compost:
- leafy greens
-bananas peels and other fruit
-citrus and melon rinds (or fruit)
-coffee and tea grounds
-spices, seeds, and nuts (EXCEPT WALNUT SHELLS)
Carbon (Yard and Paper):
-shredded newspaper (not glossy)
-shredded brown boxes
-toilet paper and paper towel rolls
-straw and wood chips
-twigs and dead leaves
-pine cones and needles
-brown paper bags
-dryer lint and vacuum dustings
-organic cotton balls and q-tips
These are not allowed:
-meat or fish
-oils and fats
You must add in a 2:1 ratio- 2 parts brown carbon to 1 part fresh nitrogen.
This keeps the Ph balanced and things decomposing at the perfect rate.
I finally had the right weather and time to put together my little apartment sized garden this last week!
Tomatoes, peppers, spinach, and kale this year.
I added the soil like compost to the rocky/ terrible soil and I am pretty sure it's thanking me!