“If there is ONE ‘green’ thing you can do…” by Angie Gonzalez

Hi everyone! If there is anything green you would like to start in your life please let it be compost. Compost is the Magic of nature. It turns waste into living EARTH I mean who in the world does not want that?
Especially after the 85% soil depletion we have caused through conventional farming.
If you want to give back a little… compost! It reduces land fill mass and you make Magic! It is really rewarding specially when you understand that the microbes and little squiggly stuff you see decomposing the matter are natures little soldiers turning waste into healthy soil . It is not hard I will post Instructions for an easy compost bin you can have in a balcony or in your back yard.
Composting is fun even my baby sister can do it :)

 

Simple Steps to composting:

Step #1: Find a Big Plastic Storage Bin preferably a dark color to retain heat.
Step #2: Drill holes all over it on the top lid at the bottom for drainage on the sides etc.
Step #3: Know what to put in it. Only bio degradable organic matter. Non animal waste  products (except for egg shells are good). Examples: All fruit, and Vegetable scraps, bread, coffee grounds, egg shells rinsed, wasted paper from the office the kitchen dirty napkins and even tissue paper ( this will decompose) No glossy or colored flyer paper too much chemicals…. Dried leafs, yard trimmings , grass clippings etc.
Step #4: Make a compost “Lasagna”:
1) Start with a layer of paper and/or dried leafs from your yard this is “Carbon” and absorbs excess moisture from the wet stuff,
2) Add your “Nitrogen”.  Wet stuff: banana peels, left over salad, apple cores etc…
3) Layer more Carbon dry paper leafs etc on top of the wet stuff this will prevent odors since the carbon absorbs moisture. Remember 3 parts carbon 1 part nitrogen. That simply means more dry stuff than wet stuff. Yay!!! now you have something beneficial to do with your office waste, junk mail, etc.
You can always keep a bag in the Freezer where to put your veggie and fruit waste and when it is full dump in the compost , along with your paper waste from the kitchen, bathroom, office or yard. Remember the “lasagna”, the dry paper and leaves (Carbon) are like the noodles that hold stuff together, and the wet veggie stuff is like the filling in the middle.
4) Place your bin in a sunny spot for the sun to bake and stir the pile about once a week or even every 2 weeks you don’t have to be on it all the time you can forget about it for a while:)
Note if you rather get a composter which spins so you don’t have to stir. You can buy or make a tumbler style. Depends how much you want to invest in it. If you rather buy a composter that spins…check this link out : Spinning Composter – turn unwanted food scraps into nutrient-rich fertilizer
For More information on Angie and other green projects please visit: http://www.permaculture-yogi.com/
Or find “Permaculture Yogi” on FaceBook :)

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