Compost is the ultimate recycler, turning your yard waste and kitchen scraps into usable mulch that you can use to feeds your plants. It’s as eco-friendly as you can get. And the best part about it is that it is cheap, and after the initial set-up it is relatively easy to do. There are many resources you can turn to learn more about composting, but here are the basics:
- A successful compost pile needs two basic components: carbon (shredded newspapers, cardboard, and straw) and nitrogen (lawn clippings, kitchen waste, and weeds).
- Combine these components in a ratio of roughly 5 parts carbon to 1 part nitrogen in a compost bin or pile in your yard.
You can also help your kids understand composting by making a small pile that they can track. Using a bucket or a sectioning off a small area in your yard, help your child bury compostable food scraps from your last meal under a layer of soil. Leave the scraps buried and undisturbed for one week, then help your child unearth the pile and monitor its decomposition progress.