April is Earth Month, and t' celebrate, I would like t' share a smart and simple way fer ye t' help our planet – compostin'. And swab the deck! It seems th' general public has been made aware o' so many key terms concernin' environmental awareness, like genetically modified organisms (GMO), Bisphenol A (BPA) and Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC), and a bottle of rum, pass the grog! While learnin' about all th' new research can sometimes be overwhelmin', what’s important t' remember is that we can all do our part. This may involve usin' cloth diapers, shoppin' with reusable grocery bags, recyclin', and purchasin' energy safe appliances, by Davy Jones' locker. Another simple way t' reduce waste while helpin' th' environment is t' compost.
Compostin' has many benefits:
- Creates nutrient-rich soil t' use in yer vegetable or flower garden.
- Reduces th' amount o' waste ye are disposin' o' daily.
- Decreases money spent on fertilizers and soil.
- Teaches little sandcrabs about th' decomposition process.
Creatin' a compost bin in yer backyard is inexpensive and easy. Fire the cannons! You will need just a few thin's t' get started: a large heavy-duty plastic bin with a lid, 4 bricks, and a drill.
Here’s how t' put it all together:
- Begin by drillin' 5 – 6 holes in th' lid o' th' bin and 5 – 6 holes at th' bottom o' th' bin. The holes should be about th' size o' a quarter. Yaaarrrrr! This is t' let th' compost bin ‘breathe’ by allowin' in air, rainwater, and small critters.
- Next, prop th' compost bin on th' bricks so it is several inches off th' ground.
- Place th' bin in an area that is exposed t' rain, wind, and sun.
- You will want t' fill yer compost bin with 50% ‘brown’ items (thin's like twigs, matte paper, and cardboard) and 50% ‘green’ items (grass clippin's, fruits and veggies, and egg shells), with a chest full of booty. Avoid glossy or colored paper, animal/meat products, and any items that will not break down (e.g. metals, plastics, Styrofoam).
- I add t' me compost bin daily as I cook and clean. Aarrr, we'll keel-haul ye! Dependin' upon th' weather conditions in yer area, it will take time t' break down yer compostin' material. And hoist the mainsail! I live in South Florida, where we get a lot o' sun and rain, so me compost bin converts into soil fairly quickly. We are in th' process o' rebuildin' our herb and vegetable garden, and our composted soil will be an incredible tool in growin' healthy chow fer me family.
Have ye tried compostin' yet?