Last week, I told you 5 Ways ToÂ Go Green (Other Than Recycling). Going green is easier than you might think. It also isnâ€™t expensive to do, and in some cases, can even save you money! Weâ€™re taking theÂ Scott Brand 4 Week Test DriveÂ this earth month â€“ itâ€™s a great (and free!) way to help your state win $50,000 in nature conservation. And if you want to save money at home, why not try composting?
Simply put, composting is natureâ€™s way of recycling. Compost is decayed organic material used as a plant fertilizer. You can compost things likeÂ egg shells, banana peels, food scraps, cardboard, and paper products (like Scott towels and napkins!).
So how do you start? It’s simple, and you have a few options.
Start A Compost Pile
You can start a compost pile in your backyard if you have the yard space. The problem with a compost pile is that it sits out in the open, and if you have kids or animals that get into everything, starting a compost pile might not be an option. For how to get started with this, check outÂ Eartheasy.com.
Buy A Compost Bin or Tumbler
Compost bins are enclosed on the sides and top, and open on the bottom so they sit directly on the ground. They are inexpensive to purchase, easy to set up, and large enough to make lots of compost. However you have to “turn” the contents of the compost bin which can be hard (you have to use a shovel or rake), and it can take several months to produce compost.
A tumbler costs more than a bin, but they are much more user friendly. You just turn the tumbler a few days a week and the composting process is much quicker.
Now you can start composting!Â What can you compost? I mentioned some things earlier in the post, and you can also compost fruit peels, leaves, grass clippings, old dead plants and flowers, hay, newspaper and coffee grounds (with the filter). There are so many other things, too! Almost anything non-toxic and biodegradable can be composted.
There are also things you can NEVER compost. These are things that will make your compost stink and also ultimately can also end up making the fertilizer toxic. Meat products (including fat, grease, oil and bones), feces, colored paper, and weeds are some of the worst.
So there you have it! Now you can start composting at home. If you want even more information, check out HowToCompost.org.
This post is sponsored by Scott Naturals brand which has provided product samples and compensation.
Scott Naturals productsÂ are helping you make Spring Cleaning easier by taking the SCOTT Naturalsâ„¢ Test Drive atÂ ScottBrand.comÂ or onÂ Facebook.
You can even pledge to switch to SCOTT Naturalsâ„¢ for four weeks. The state with the greatest participation rate will receive a $50,000 donation to be applied to local conservation efforts!Â Just think â€“ if everyone tried SCOTT Naturalsâ„¢ for just four weeks, weâ€™d save over 2 million trees!
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