Composting, A popular way to save money and be eco-friendly

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Executive

Composting is becoming a more and more popular way to save money and be more eco-friendly. There are many reasons to compost but some of the most enticing are it costs next to nothing, and if you're a gardener or have any landscaping at all, your compost pile will save you money. Compost can be used instead of expensive fertilizer and because you are reusing your yard waste you might be able to save on municipal trash removal costs.

Here are some easy tips on how to get started composting:

Storage

You may decide to go with either an open or closed storage system. Containers keep the compost materials neat and tidy and can be built inexpensively from discarded shipping pallets, fencing or chicken wire or leftover treated lumber from another building project. You can also purchase many different types of composting bins.

The least expensive way is to start a compost heap. Make the pile at least 6' x 6' and about 5' to 6' high in the middle. Anything smaller will maintain low temperatures and will take longer to decompose.

Where should I store it?

Try and store your compost pile in partial shade. This will keep it from drying out too fast. The location should also have good drainage.

What should I compost?

Compost any of the yard waste like fresh grass clippings, dry leaves, dry grass, and wood shavings.

Add food waste like vegetable and fruit scraps, breads, pastas, coffee grounds, egg shells, and tea bags. Do not put meats or fats in your compost pile. These food wastes will attract animals and rodents to your bin.

Paper towels, toilet paper tubes and other shredded paper products can also be added to your compost bin.

Manures from cows, horses, chickens and any non-meat eating animals are excellent nitrogen sources for starting the decomposition process.

Compost has so many benefits; it loosens clay soils and helps sandy soils retain water. It works as a natural fertilizers and can suppress plant diseases and pests. Gardens that are composted produce higher yields of healthier fruits, vegetables and flowers.

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John Savignano

MA Real Estate Expert

RE/MAX Executive Realty

 

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John,

 

Composting is a good topic to share.  You basically covered it all.  We have a composter bin outside in the shade.  It probably needs to be emptied into the garden soon!

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