Compost is a key ingredient in a healthy garden. You can compost basically any organic matter, for example: egg shells, vegetable peels, lemon/orange rinds, apple/fruit core, coffee grinds, etc. As long as it isn’t grease, or a meat and it is a natural substance–you can recycle it back into your garden.
I keep a bowl, actually this one:
in my cabinet (you can also keep it on your counter) so I have it readily available. Coffee cans work wonderfully for this as well.
When I have to peel potatoes, or any other vegetable, I actually peel them into this container first:
That way I don’t have to have the stinky compost container open the whole time, and with it’s oblong shape–it catches the fly away carrot/potatoes peels much easier! In another life, this container held meat from Wal-Mart.
When I’m done doing the job at hand, I open up my compost container and throw it all in. When it starts to get full, I take it out to my compost.
If a coffee can or recycled margarine tub isn’t your thing, and you prefer something a little more presentable, you can even get a ceramic compost keeper or even a stainless-steel composter . The possibilities are endless!
You can also include leaves, twigs and grass clippings into your compost. Some composts can take anywhere from 3 months to a year to fully break down and become usable. It is important to continually keep it flipped, and to add goods to it. Your compost may be ready on the bottom, before it is on the top, so keep checking it and rotating.
This is a great way to clean up your yard, make the most of your food, and feed your garden at the same time!
Do you have a compost or special compost container? What are your successes/failures with it?