by Angela Roy from MommyPR
April is the month all about our beautiful Earth.
I am lucky to have grown up the way I did. My parents were all about nature, gardening and compost. Recycling was new to me, just coming into our lives a few years ago, but we embrace it full force. Everything has a purpose and it’s actually easier than most people think. Little things can make a big difference.
Do you know what compost is? Do you know how to make it or what you can even throw in there? Sure egg shells, veggies, and paper are okay. But you can cut your trash down by so much more!
- Grab a small to medium box, bucket, bowl; whatever you want or have. (Even a Cub Condo, with the top folded in!) You don’t need something fancy, but there are plenty on Amazon if you want.
- Add either some crumbled leaves or strips of newspaper as your base (not a necessity but it helps).
- Hang this list by TLC of 75 things you can compost, including coffee grounds, tea bags, egg cartons, toothpicks, moldy cheese and more by your new compost container.
- Make sure you have a constant mixture of wet and dry compost. If you need to, add some water to keep it balanced, and make sure you have it covered so the moisture stays in.
- Mix your compost at least once a week. My mom used to let us find earth worms to add, too. It was so much fun to find them and then relocate them to a new home full of yummy food. Don’t worry if your kids want to add some sticks too. Old branches are a natural part of the compost process and can be a great part of your new dirt pile.
So, what do you do once you have some rich green dirt? You plant something in it of course! You just made some of the best food plant around, and it’s time to use it for your garden or even house plants. Plus, it was free!
Eww! What’s that smell? – Don’t worry if you start to smell something from your compost. It will put off a very sweet smell and is completely natural. Unlike your trash can, this fragrance is the kind even the bees will confuse for the sweet stuff.
There is really no wrong way to compost, so don’t get discouraged. As long as you are trying, then that is less trash you are sitting by the road, and more you are putting back into the ground. If you are still wondering how to get the kids involved, why not have a contest to see who can make the best compost pile and compost the most items? The winner gets a new Build-A-Bear furry friend of course!
Still need directions for compost? Try reading Wiki.
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Angela for Mommy PR