Spring is Time to Start Composting

May 25th, 2014

Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  

"Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment." ~Pope Francis

Stewardship Tip:  

“Spring is a Great Time to Start Composting.  Food and yard waste accounts for about 21 percent of the garbage thrown away in the Twin Cities metro area. That's over two pounds per person per week! Much of this waste can be put to better use.  Many types of food scraps, along with leaves and yard trimmings, can be combined in a backyard compost bin to create a valuable soil additive for your lawn and garden. That's recycling at its best!

Getting Started in the Backyard:  Buy or make your compost bin. They can be purchased at local garden centers, hardware stores, home improvement stores or your county compost bin sale. Also, the Recycling Association of Minnesota sells compost bins and rain barrels in the spring.   A successful compost pile requires three things: air circulation, moisture and the right ingredients. In general, the right recipe is three parts dry ingredients (leaves or dry grass) to one part wet food waste. Food waste includes vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds and filters, tea leaves and tea bags, egg shells, nut shells, and more.  A few things do not belong in a backyard compost pile: dairy products, meat or bones, gravies or fatty sauces, grease, pet waste, diseased plants, weeds gone to seed, ash from charcoal or coal, branches and wood chucks.  The natural process will break down the materials. The internal temperature of the pile will rise from the microbial activity.

Using the Finished Product:  Mix your compost in with your soil to improve quality. Use it to fill in low spots in your yard. Use it as mulch for landscaping and garden plants. Mix compost in the soil for potted plants. Top dress your lawn to retain moisture.  A little work this spring to get your compost bin going will pay off with rich soil and thankful plants.”

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