Composting: An Unexpected Family Activity

May 08 2023 – Zoe Hoole

Composting: An Unexpected Family Activity

Composting: An Unexpected Family Activity

Have you ever thought about turning your kitchen scraps and yard waste into nutrient-rich soil? Composting is not only a great way to reduce waste but also an easy and fun activity that the whole family can do. Plus, you'll get to enjoy the benefits of a healthy garden while reducing your carbon footprint. Here's how you can get started:

  1. Choose your compost bin

There are several types of compost bins, from DIY pallet bins to rotating drums. Choose one that suits your needs and budget. You can even make it a family project by building your own compost bin from scratch.

  1. Know what to compost

You can compost almost any plant-based material, including fruit and vegetable scraps, eggshells, coffee grounds, leaves, and grass clippings. Avoid adding meat, dairy, or oily foods, as they can attract pests and slow down the composting process.

  1. Add your compost ingredients

Layer your compost with green and brown materials. Green materials are high in nitrogen and include things like fruit and vegetable scraps, grass clippings, and coffee grounds. Brown materials are high in carbon and include things like dry leaves, straw, and sawdust. Make sure to chop up larger items into smaller pieces to speed up the composting process.

  1. Turn and water your compost

Regularly turn your compost to aerate it and add water to keep it moist. This will help break down the materials and speed up the composting process. Make it a family chore to take turns turning and watering the compost bin.

  1. Harvest your compost

After a few months, your compost will be ready to use. The finished product will be dark and crumbly, with a pleasant earthy smell. Use it to fertilise your garden or potted plants, and watch them thrive.

Composting is not only a great way to reduce waste, but it's also a fun and educational activity for the whole family. It teaches children about the importance of sustainability and how small actions can make a big impact. So, grab your pitchfork and get composting!





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