This week is all about composting. This may be a new thing for you, so let me explain. Composting is a practice around the house where instead of throwing out the rest of your fruits, or the rest of your veggies, or even eggshells, you put them in a little indoor compost kitchen bin. Once the bin is full you can either put the food scraps in a container outside (where it will eventually turn into fertile soil) or if your city/town has one (and if they don’t tell your local representant that they should), use your community curbside or drop-off composting program.
My family has been composting for the last two years and it requires little to no effort, and has great rewards! So in my house, we have a large garden in the front of my house, on top of having a vegetable garden as well, and so it comes very handy to have a constant supply of homemade fertilizer. It allows us to grow beautiful roses and makes our veggies large in size and superbly delicious! It is also a much cheaper and more sustainable alternative to buying potting soil, or spraying your garden with products advertised to be full of nutrients.
I love the simple eco-friendliness of it all! Composting avoids having to throw out precious resources and add to the already immense amount of landfill in this country. Adding to my earlier point about how it acts as an alternative to store-bought fertilizers, it reduces the number of unnatural things in your garden. This is also good because if you are planting a vegetable garden, it can be healthier to use this natural substitute instead of chemicals designed to make your garden grow stronger for example. Food waste can also be a source of energy, but that will be discussed in another blog!
To start composting if you have a yard is very easy! All you need is a small kitchen bin (preferably with a lid), and a larger gated area outside. My family made this area outside using free wood palettes from our hardware store. We just quickly drilled them together to make a large bin and placed it in a discreet area, and voila! Compost needs more than kitchen scraps so you can also throw in there leaves and grass cuts.
For the small kitchen bin, if you do not want to have it in plain sight, you can easily store it under your sink, no problem! It is a very easy habit to have and it makes the world a better place!
Hope I helped to convince you! And if I didn’t, let me tell you that Master Pae is placing composting on top of the easiest and greenest thing you can do at home!
Maé Campbell, ONE ZEST ADVISOR, GEN Z ACQUISITION