Composting is growing in popularity worldwide. Follow a standard compost recipe to learn how and what to compost.
Composting has an effect on me unlike any other thing I do. It makes me feel virtuous to create something valuable from what many people consider mere garbage.
At the same time, it humbles me to stand peering into my compost bin, knowing that I really have very little to do with this natural process that turns my kitchen scraps, fallen leaves, and grass clippings into black gold for my garden soil and plants.
Mark your calendar! The 13th Annual International Compost Awareness Week starts May 4 and runs until May 10, with this year’s thematic message: “The Possibilities are Endless… Compost!”
Inaugurated in Canada in 1995, this yearly event is now celebrated across Europe, the USA, the UK, and Australia as a means to raise awareness of the social, environmental, financial, and personal benefits of making and using compost.
For more information about events planned in your community, go to the website of the Composting Council of Canada, compost.org.
Make Your Own Compost: The Beginner’s Guide
While no two gardeners compost exactly alike, the basic steps are the same. Here they are:
The Wonderful World of Composting
It’s not just happening in Canada. All over the world, people are growing passionate about composting. It’s not just backyard gardeners who are turning kitchen scraps and garden trimmings into a concentrated soil supplement through composting.
Governments and businesses worldwide are cashing in on the compost craze. Composting is not only good for our ecology–it’s good for the economy, too.
Making Money, Not Landfills: the Business of Compost
Transforming rotting potato peels and lettuce leaves into a valuable resource that people line up to buy may sound more like a fairy tale than a business plan to some, but certainly not to International Composting Corporation (ICC, internationalcomposting.com). As one of the world’s leading innovators in the research and development of composting technology, this Canadian company knows composting is the wave of the future.
Using a unique industrial composting process that meets or exceeds all international composting standards, ICC’s composter processes between 25 and 110 tons (23 to 100 metric tons) a day of organic materials, including food waste from restaurants, yard and garden waste, and wood debris. After 21 to 35 days of processing, the compost is packaged, cured for another two weeks, and then sold to eager gardeners. ICC also produces organic fertilizer and liquid plant food.
Compost Dos and Don’ts
Honestly, I compost just about everything, including many of the food scraps the experts tell us not to compost. It’s always worked out for me. But just to be safe, it’s probably wisest to begin by following these standard lists of dos and don’ts for what to compost.