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Posted by on Jun 4, 2009 in News, tips | 0 comments

Composting Basics

Composting Basics

I had the opportunity to take a course on composting a few weeks ago and I can’t wait to get ours set up. My life seems to going more green and organic everyday, I truly believe that we need to take this approach in order to preserve our environment. It helps when your 4 year old is the recycling Nazi as well!

So here are a few pointers with composting……

In order to prevent pests ensure the the compost is put on a paving stove and us a bungee cord to keep lid closed. The compost needs to be stirred weekly using a “wingdinger” but only stir 3/4 way.

A compost needs 4 things: air, moisture, food and carbon nitrogen.
The balance is 2 parts brown to 1 part green.

Items that are part of the “green list”
egg shells,fruit and veg trim

Items that are part of the “brown list”
coffee grinds, tea bags, dry leaves and grass trim, newsprint, tissue, hamster or Guinea pig shavings

Limit the amount of citrus as it can kill the worms. Also do not put any diseased trims in. The most important thing to remember is the your compost is vegetarian and doesn’t like fat! Most items will take approx 3-6 months to compost depending on the temperatures and then compost can be harvested and used in your garden.

For more information

hot line 604 736 2250
www.gvrd.bc.ca

For those who live in an apartment check the website for worm composting.

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