kim b.'s earthday pledge: the joys of composting

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Soon, I shall have rotting food in my kitchen. Right now, it’s in next to my patio.

OK, that joke is getting old. But I started composting the other week and I think it’s going OK. It’s not one of those fancy ones with the worms and such. Mine is more or less one of those big plastic bins with some newspaper, leaves and whatever is coming out of my kitchen. I punched some holes in it around the lid and in the bottom. (I got directions from You Grow Girl)

I really want to dig around and look for worms, because I was the kid that tortured others at the bus stop with worms after rainstorms. I think it would be cool to look at the worms eat my discarded artichoke stems and leeks. So far, I’ve only seen fruit flies. Someone tell me if that’s a problem.

Click through to the next page to read the rest of Kim’s compost adventure.

I’m waiting on a kitchen compost crock from Amazon. A crock will let save me all the little trips to my bin, because I’ll put my compostable items in there. The smell won’t be a problem because there’s a filter forthat.

But the benefit of composting to me is not the compost (which I’m going to give to a gardening friend). It’s all about less waste. You’d think that when you throw biodegradable stuff away, that it would do so at the landfill. But when yo put it in a plastic bag, it’s harder to biodegrade, and on top of that, I’ve learned that they try NOT to let things biodegrade at the landfill because it smells. So the less you send to the landfill, the better and something like 40 percent of your waste is compostable.

So grab a plastic bin and the remnants of cooking dinner and get going.

Do you compost? WIth worms or a different way?

Kim B., who lives on the Central Coast of California, runs All That and A and Decorazzi when she’s not trying to be an interior designer, chef, or prize-winning journalist. It’s time consuming.


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