Composting for Beginners

by Sherry Brubaker, Ever'man Cooks! Teacher and The Backyard Bohemian

Florida is known for its long growing season and warm, sunny days. Gardening is great way to enjoy Florida’s beautiful weather and reap the heal benefits of all that gardening has to offer. Soil in Florida varies between clay, top soil, and sand. These are considered poor circumstances by gardeners because it lacks loam and nutrients needed for plants. Composting is an easy and effective way to mend the soil and introduce nutrients. It is a natural way of recycling decomposing organic material and turns organic minerals into microorganisms.

Green and brown materials are combined and break down to create a rich, nutrient dense soil that your plants will love! Green material is rich in protein and nitrogen while the brown material provides carbon and carbohydrates. The brown material acts as a food source for all the microorganisms, add bulk to the compost, and allows air to filter through the soil. Combine these two forces and you will have rich, dark, ready to use soil!

Statistically, starting a compost bin in your home can remove about 500 lbs of organic material from the landfills per household per year! This easy concept helps reduce landfill matter and repurposes it into something useful! Talk about up cycling!

How to get started First, start with a small bucket with a lid and an outdoor compost bin. Find a place in your kitchen to keep the small bucket. Compost kitchen scraps such as pasta, rice, vegetables, fruits, nuts/nutshe

lls, coffee grounds/coffee filter/tea bags, bread/grains, and egg shells. Avoid adding meat or super oil products to your compost bin. While these products are technically organic and will eventually break down, it takes much longer and can attract unwanted pests.

Empty your small bucket every day into your outdoor composter. Easy, right?

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