It is 2016 and if you aren’t composting by now, I am hoping these composting facts will get you going.
The process of composting, on a basic level, combines all of your organic waste and allows it to decompose and become nutrient rich soil. If you mix the your waste properly, you can even make this all happen in a matter of weeks.
If more people composted their organic waste, we would change the world in a rapid fashion. There would be less waste in landfills and less methane being released into the atmosphere. For this reason, many cities and districts are no issuing a compost bin with their trash and recycling program.
If you are a homesteader then there is no reason your shouldn’t be composting, with or without knowledge of these composting facts. Composting on a homestead will save you money and improve the yield of your crops. It is a “double whammy” that doesn’t cost you a dime!
I truly hope that these facts about composting get to your head and you start composting today. Lets all work together and make this world a better place for our children, and their children.
With an estimate of 124.6 million households in The United States, that is a total of 139 Trillion lbs of material that can be composted. While some of that is already composted, most of that makes its way into landfills across the country.
Imagine how many less landfills we could have if even half of that material was composted instead. This would also mix more nutritious soil into places where much of the soil has been depleted.
Composting your organic waste will save money on your trash pickup because you will be removing more than half of the trash that needs to be disposed of. The compost that you are producing also saves money because you can use that to fertilize your garden. The loop is complete when the compost improves the yield of your produce, meaning less you need to buy from the grocery store.
Adding compost to your soil will help it hold more water for a longer period of time. For homesteaders, this is one of the most important composting facts on this list because it means that you will need to water less. I won’t even mention how this would affect the world’s problem with global warming.
Anything that gets brought to the landfill gets turned into methane gas through the process. That methane gas is one of the leading causes for global warming. At this point, we should be doing anything that we can to reduce that.
Mostly anything that has this many advantages will take an arm and a leg to get your hands on. Composting does not fit that mold because the benefits way outweigh the effort you will need to put in.
This is the most common argument I get when asking why someone isn’t composting, and it’s simply not true. If you are arguing that the process takes a long time, you can turn a whole pile into compost in a few weeks if you mix it right. For those that are saying it takes an abundance of time and effort, I would argue that it requires the same amount of time as taking out the trash.
If a pile on the ground is a fancy contraption, we need to talk about more important things than these facts about composting. Yes, you can buy fancy compost tumblers and other contraptions that will help speed up the process, but they aren’t necessary. You can get started right now by dumping a bucket of scraps in a pile in the backyard.
If you are overwhelmed with creating the perfect mixture of greens and browns, just ignore it. Even if the mixture isn’t perfect, it will still work. The 2:1 ratio is merely a suggestion to get you the best and fastest results. You material will still compost with any ratio, it will just take a little longer.
I have been composting for 10 years now and I have never noticed it smelling bad, nor has anyone ever pointed it out to me. In fact, when it starts to be fully composted, it smells sweet.