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Composting 101: The Things You Need to Know & Why You Need to Know Them!

Recycling has become a huge success! Everywhere you go, from your local grocery store to the garbage bins on your community street, to even your favorite coffee shop. People have gotten used to throwing things out the eco-friendlier way. And for good reason!

Bu what about composting?! ... Do you compost?

Not a lot of people are aware that this too is another way to contribute to our Mother Earth. I’m sure that the first misunderstanding you had about composting is smell control. But look at this way, if you keep your old kitchen scraps away from your garbage or if you use a spray like Febreze you can eliminate the smelly garbage odor in your home. The same goes with composting. By simply adding leaves you can completely take away that smell.

And what is composting you may ask?

Composting is mixing various decaying organic substances, like dead leaves or manure that is used for fertilizing your soil.

Compost creates rich soil also known as “Black Gold”

Just as you are comfortable with recycling, get in the comfort of composting in your own home garden. It really does not take much to get in habit of doing so. It is as easy as recycling. Below I have gathered a list of the greens and browns you can save to put into your compost bin rather than just tossing them into your garbage.

BROWNS are carbon-rich compost materials.

GREENS are nitogen-rich materials.

  • Shredded newspaper
  • Pine needles
  • Twigs
  • Straw
  • Cardboard
  • Egg shells
  • Dry leaves
  • Wood chips
  • Tree bark
  • Fruit peels
  • Flowers
  • Grass clippings
  • Coffee filters
  • Vegetable scraps
  • Tea leaves
  • Hair/fur
  • Fresh leaves
  • Coffee grounds

 

Your compost pile doesn’t have to take up your whole backyard/garden. You can keep a bin/jug on your kitchen counter. Label your bin with the list of compost materials we have provided for you and your family to understand the rules and get in the compost habit. This will teach your family a new level of responsibility and respect for our home planet Earth. Let nature do the job for you, instead of sending those materials into a landfill where it could take hundreds of years to break down. 

Compost is a controlled process that can usually take up to 60-180 days to fully decompose, but some natural materials do not need to be composted at all. This is where Biodegradation comes into play.

Biodegradation is the process by which organic subtances are broken down by micro-organisms into other substances such as water and carbon monoxide.

Biodegradable materials convert into C02, biomass and water vapor. Simply meaning if you were to just leave biodegradable substances alone, those materials will dissolve and breakdown into natural and non toxic substances that blends into the soil. Introducing both methods of composting/biodegradable to your home and garden is a bonus to reducing waste in the home, as well as saving you money on expensive organic fertilizer.

Now that you know about the science behind biodegradable and composting, put that knowledge to good use and go compost! Don’t forget the most important thing about composting is to mix it up! All depending on your compost pile, you can either shake up it in your bin, tumble it around in a tumbler by using your garden shovel in your yard. You can do this ever so often. At least once a week and gradually in time you’ll end up with some healthy and natural 'Black Gold.'

Also, climate control is a must! Your compost needs balancing. If your compost looks dry make sure you water it to a minimal and then mix it around. Now if it’s too wet, do the opposite and add dry leaves and newspapers or any other “brown” materials you can find and mix it up once again!

Over time you’ll notice that nature’s creatures have made a home in your compost and that is great news! These critters (earwigs, ants, sow bugs, pill bugs and centipedes) will speed up the process... Especially earthworms. They can process over 5-8 pounds of food while eliminating smell. 

Don’t forget to include our Black Mamba Coffee to your compost pile! 

Yes! Our coffee bags themselves are made up of 60% compostable materials and it is 40% biodegradable. Which means you can dispose of it in your compost pile and carry on and enjoy our rich flavored coffee. 

Now, don’t forget about the coffee grounds. You can either compost them or stay tuned for my next blog where I'll be discussing the 5 best things you can do with your coffee grounds. 

Leave a comment below on your thoughts about composting!


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