Composting and Sustainable Gardening
When our family first started a compost pile at the house, my daughters freaked out and told me they weren't going to live here if there was rotting garbage in and around our home. ...This was 8 years ago, and boy have things changed.
Living in California, we're faced with many environmental problems. From water shortages to wild fires and extreme air pollution depending on how the wind blows, it's a difficult day and age for the environmentalist.
I like to consider my family higher up on the eco-friendly household than normal, but I don't like to brag. ...I do however like to promote sustainability and have even gotten a few neighbors to start their own composting pile, in addition to some other conservation ideas at home.
If you are new to the composting idea - or are interested in learning how to grow your own plants organically, I'll give you some information below:
Why should you compost?
- The Benfits of Composting
- Composting 101: What Is Compost?
- Benefits and Uses - Composting for the Homeowner - University of Illinois Extension
- US Composting Council ...this website is dedicated to the research, education and training of the general public in all things compost related. It's a great place to look for just about any composting information and resources.
- What is Composting; Composting is nature's way of recycling organic waste
How to compost:
- Composting At Home (this is pretty much as official as it gets with information on composting...from the Environmental Protection Agency.)
- How to Make Compost
- How Does Composting Work?? - Environmental Center at University of Colorado Boulder
- Types of Composting and Understanding the Process
- Compost Fundamentals: Benefits & Uses
- How to Make DIY Compost Bins and Piles
- Worm Composting Basics
Here's the science behind composting...pretty interesting stuff: The Science Behind Composting - Live Science
This is the composting bin my family uses, which I highly recommend: Gardener's Supply Company Deluxe Pyramid Composter, Recycled Plastic Composter
But if you’re not looking to spend money on a composting bin, here's a few other ways to make your composting bins: 23 Ingenious DIY Compost Bin Ideas