How else can you be green? Now that you have recycling and fabric bags down pat. How about composting? It is really easy and quite painless, I promise. AND, contrary to what you might think, no, it does not stink!
Step 1: Buy a composter. . .
Check with your city, they might sell them for a great price. The City of Nashville sells The Earth Machine for a mere $40. You can buy this same composter on line for about $150-200. Those of you that live in Nashville, take advantage of the great deal the city offers!
We have the above Earth Machine, but we also have the Tumbleweed Compost Tumbler shown below. . .
Step 2: After you have installed the compost unit of your choice (set up is really simple), start saving food/yard waste. . .
What you CAN compost:
Grass (small amounts)
Straw or hay
DO NOT COMPOST:
Mature weeds with seeds
Step 3: How to Compost
CHOP--it is a good idea to chop up anything that is big, like watermelon rids, etc.
EMPTY--if your kitchen bucket gets full (ours is an old Tupperware bowl with a tight lid) take it out to the compost
STIR--mix the new material in with the old by using a pitchfork or similar implement
COVER--cover the food waste with a handful or two of leaves, this reduces the chance of fruit flies and odor
Step 4: Get dirt!
Step 5: Empty your compost in the spring and use for your garden!
Happy Composting! Let me know if you have questions. Teresa