Composting has a lot of benefits and it’s much easier than you think. Take all the hard work and guessing out of it; there are only a couple of things you need to keep in mind: composting rules and best composting bins.

Benefits of composting:
Beyond reducing the impact of waste in landfills, composting can also help in cleaning up contaminated soil and enriching it at the same time. Composting is not only good for the environment but also benefits your pocket. Using compost can help reduce the use of pesticides, water and fertilizer. For more benefits visit the EPA website.

Rules for composting – what to put in and what to keep out:
Among the most important rules of composting is knowing what can be used to compost and what to stay away from.

Good things to compost include:

  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Grass clippings, yard trimmings
  • Tea bags, fruit and vegetables
  • Eggshells and nut shells
  • Dryer lint

You do not want to compost:

  • Meat or fish bones
  • Lard, grease or fats
  • Pet waste
  • Yard trimmings that have been treated with chemicals such as weed killer

Compost bins, which are the best?
Before picking a compost bin, keep in mind the best location for it. Make sure it’s close enough to your kitchen to easily compost items like vegetable peels and eggshells.  Once you have decided the best spot, its time to get a bin.  There are several types of compost bins available for purchase.  A few styles are enclosed bins, rolling bins, compost tumblers and worm bins.

But don’t worry, if shopping is not your thing, you don’t have to purchase one. This “simple mom” has a great do-it-yourself version that comes in at around $15. Just remember the best compost bins are often the most inexpensive.

Composting has some rules but mostly benefits. Schroeder’s Garden Design is always happy to help you with your gardening needs, whether it’s a consultation or if you want assistance creating an area for your composting needs. We are here to help! Call us at (408) 761-3064.

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