Composting your kitchen scraps is really useful for several different reasons. If you lead a self sufficient lifestyle having a compost bin is a great way to create nutrient rich soils for your garden. If you don’t have a garbage disposal in your kitchen you can compost your kitchen scraps that would otherwise get tossed into your trash and wasted.
Invest in a small pail for the kitchen
The first thing you want to do is find a great kitchen pail that you can use for composting. The objective of this pail is to allow you to easily store kitchen scraps for a few days before they are taken to your main compost bin which is probably located somewhere in your backyard.
The kitchen pail will likely be hidden somewhere in your kitchen such as under the sink. Because you are collecting organic materials in this pail it is a good idea to find one that has some type of carbon filter built in to cut down on the unpleasant smells. Burpee sells a kitchen pail designed specifically for this purpose.
Once you have filled your kitchen pail with your scraps you can dump its contents into your main compost bin. Keep in mind that you are placing a lot of “green” ingredients into your bin. In order to maintain the balance of your compost bin it is important to add dry, “brown” ingredients at the same time. If you have some dried leaves or newspaper laying around your home these would be great ingredients to add at this time.
Tip: Always remember to stir the contents of your compost bin well!
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