I started composting a few years ago. I believe I have learned the hard way that not cutting your vegetation and table scraps into small pieces and not aerating the compost will result in your composter taking a while to cook. I’ve had my composter set up for over 2 years now and I’m just now seeing some usable compost. I am a lazy composter but I am going to work at it this year. I am going to be conscious of aerating it and also about getting the right mix, as much as possible.
I have two composters and I hope to fill them to the brim this year.
There is a lot of information online that covers the basics of composting so I will not go into the “hows” of composting or even really all of the “whys”. But I will share why I compost.
One of the reasons I started to compost was because of the nagging question, “where does all the trash go?” Followed by contemplation and a continued nasty cycle in my head of feeling responsible and yet still not taking any action. But it was not until I had kids that I realized how important it is to teach them to take care of our earth and I did not want to just share with them verbally but I wanted to model to them the importance of being proactive in this area. Also with children it seems there is a lot more waste to dispose of so my conscience would not let me sleep at the point when the kids began to arrive. I had to move beyond contemplation and start to take responsibility for my own trash. It was a bonus that the compost can be used in my gardens.
A type of composting I have been reading more about lately and thinking about trying is Vermicomposting. Vermicompost as defined by Wikipedia , “is the end-product of the breakdown of organic matter by some species of earthworm. Containing water-soluble nutrients, microbes, and bacteria, vermicompost is an excellent, nutrient-rich organic fertilizer and soil conditioner. The process of of producing vermicompost is called vermicomposting.”Some friends of mine are beginning to setup up a worm farm for vermicomposting. They are I believe in the middle stages of getting it started and so I hope to buy some worms from them and get started in the near future. Their farm blog and their updates on the business are here. Check them out!