6 Simple Composting Tips

Composting is a way to break down organic materials into small bits of soil, resulting in nutrient-rich soil for balancing depleted soils and growing new plant life. Somewhere between 20-30% of our overall waste is composed of yard waste and food scraps. Composting keeps these “wastes” out of landfill space where they emit methane gas.

Composting can be as simple as piling yard waste in a concentrated area and allowing it to break down.

• Yard waste, like plants and grass, fruit and vegetable peels, coffee grounds, and tea bags are considered “greens” in compost terminology. “Greens”, the nitrogen providers, are usually thought of as “wet,” so balancing wet and dry is optimal.

• “Browns,” the carbon providers, are things like dry, fallen leaves, small branches, and twigs, shredded brown paper, shredded cardboard, and recycled paper towel.

• You can build a structure or utilize a compost bin to allow for faster decomposition, reduce odors, and reduce animal curiosity.

• Location is important. Climate, moisture, proximity to walls or fences, and sun cover are all factors in outdoor composting.

• Composting can present a few challenges. Do not add animal products feces of meat-eating animals, plastic, glass, or stone because they can compromise your compost, spread harmful bacteria into the soil, or cause lacerations to the gardener.

• There are many quick guides online, books, and local experts at nurseries and local workshops to consult to learn specific composting.

 

Taking Composting to the Next Level

• If you live in a city, you can use “vermicomposting” in a closed container with the Eisenia fetida worm, or “red wiggler.” The worms eat scraps and produce castings, or feces, which make “compost tea,” a natural plant food incredibly rich in nutrients. A well-maintained vermicompost bin has no foul smell and can be done indoors.

• “Humanure,” or composting human waste, is another method of composting. Properly composted humanure, not “raw” waste applied directly to the earth, is considered pleasant-smelling and rich, as microorganisms break it down into humus.

• Composting toilets do not smell when properly maintained and use no water. Urine and feces are excreted into the toilet, which is lined with appropriate material (sawdust, wood shavings, shredded papers, etc.) and covered with the material after excreting. Using the same “red wiggler” worms from vermicomposting can accelerate decomposition.

• Regardless of your composting methods, it is important to check municipality regulations for your chosen method.

 

 

 

Sources:
1. Composting at Home https://www.epa.gov/recycle/composting-home
2. Jenkins, J. (2005). The Humanure Handbook. Grove City: Joseph Jenkins, Inc.
3. Roulac, J. W. (1992). Backyard Composting, Your Complete Guide to Recycling Yard
Clippings. Sebastopol: Roulac, John W.
4. How to Create and Maintain an Indoor Worm Composting Bin https://www.epa.gov/recycle/how-createand-maintain-indoor-worm-composting-bin

 

 

Irene’s Myomassology Institute is a nationally accredited massage therapy school located in Southfield, Michigan.  Scholarships and Financial Aid are available for qualified students to help them pay school tuition.  Our students graduate with a state license prepared for a successful career as a massage therapist.  Irene’s lifetime job placement services maintain an abundance of massage career opportunities for our alumni.  Irene’s student massage clinic provides affordable massage to the public with discounted prices for seniors and veterans. Irene’s massage supply store equips massage therapists with the necessities to manage a successful career.

Come Visit Irene’s for a Tour

Wellness topics like the one covered above are part of our massage therapy curriculum. If you’re interested in topics like these or in massage school in general, we invite you to visit Irene’s massage school to see our campus and get a feel for our environment.

In fact, we are so confident that we are the best school for you, if you come in for a tour of Irene’s and then enroll in a massage program at another school, we will pay $50 towards your registration fee at that school. A check will be written to the institution with proof of enrollment in a massage program.