Category Archives: Composting

Weeds in the compost?

We’d always read NOT to do this but yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are putting weeds in the compost!

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The things that didn’t decompose…

We started our compost bin from scratch when we arrived here in August—-immediately, the very month we moved in. By month 5, we had rich, black, ready-to-use compost.

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Adding seafood to the compost

We’ve read a lot of things that have told us not to add seafood to the compost, and others that say it’s not a problem.

Potential problems: smelly compost, critters trying to get in.
Our experience so far: not true.

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Six steps to make a backyard compost

I found these colorful signs behind Ernie Morgan Environmental Action Center in Norfolk, VA before we moved. I thought it was the simplest step-by-step, how-to-start-your-own compost I’d ever seen. They also gave composting tips and showed examples of backyard compost bins. I wanted to pass them on. They might give someone an idea somewhere…..

Proof how simple composting really is!

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Pizza boxes in the compost!

We always recycled our pizza boxes. Then we heard the recycling center didn’t want them if they had pizza grease on them, so we could only recycle the top half.

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Another military move….for the compost bin.

So, we’re leaving Norfolk. Time is getting shorter. When I first arrived, time drug like a kid refusing to take a bath. Now, stuck on the fast forward button, I can’t believe the move is already here.

We’ve started packing the electronics, making our last medical appointments, trying to clean out the fridge. We broke down the compost bin. 😦

We made that!

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Composting

Composting.

Grubs from last summer!

We compost absolutely everything—food scrapes, grass clippings, leaves and yard waste, coffee grinds, dust and dirt from the vacuum, fingernail clippings, my husband’s hair from his haircuts. We shred all paper in the house and dump it in, and recently learned entire pizza boxes can be added. You don’t even need to break them down! After dinner this week, we looked at our plates and my man asked, “We can’t compost fish remains?” I jumped online and though some advised against it, others said to bury them deep within the middle of the bin. So it looks like fish heads, scales, fish skin and bones are compostable too. So far, it doesn’t smell bad. This is only recommended, however, if you have an enclosed bin because it can attract animals. If you know of anything we’re missing, by all means, comment on the post and let us know!

My husband’s all-time favorite line is, “Throw it in the compost.” His hobby and passion is making dirt. He’s had a compost pile every place he’s ever lived.  Continue reading