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Start Composting in 3 Simples Steps

Kristen Hess

Conventional agricultural systems are depleting the health of the soil, limiting the availability of vital nutrients to crops and inevitably dwindling our well-being.

By composting food that goes uneaten, left over vitamins and minerals get recycled back through the soil and into the food we grow and eat.

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  • Sally Silversman

    Thanks Kristen, the Compokeeper will be a gift to me from my lazy family of 5.

    • Kristen Hess

      Haha, love it ! You deserve to treat yourself.

  • Jackie Ramirez

    Great share!! Just the other day I threw away half of my fruits and veggies that were going bad and was left thinking there must be a solution to this. I hate throwing away food and have been wondering what can be done with them. I have always wanted to learn to compost but thought it was too much work and I didn't have enough space. This article simplifies it completely and is very easy to follow. Thank you Kristen!

    • Kristen Hess

      Thanks Jackie! Sweet fedora by the way. Don't you like my tree? :) Do you think you'll do a tumbler or a worm bin? I'm not sure what the Counsel is like in LA, but sooner or later they'll likely be pushing for zero waste and reduced trash costs. Curbside collection might be right around the courner! Composting is the way of the future, for sure.

      • Jackie Ramirez

        Yes! I'm thinking of starting with the worm bin. We don't have curbside collection in my area but it's not a bad idea. I hope we can encourage our community to start planting simple but very nutritious foods in the commodity of their home.

        • Kristen Hess

          Totally, it's delicious, nutritious and economical.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Really cool tips. I need to do this! My compost is too acidic and my plants have suffered bec of it!

    • Kristen Hess

      Also, Alessandra, if you have curbside collection put some of your citrus peels in there and out of your DIY batch. That could help your soil pH levels too!

    • Kristen Hess

      Thanks, Alessandra. How do you know your compost is too acidic? I just did a little research for you. Did you know blueberries and azaleas require acidic soil? When changing the pH for your soil, don't try to change it overnight. Instead, gradually alter it over one or two growing seasons. To make a soil more alkaline you can add wood ash but only 2 lbs per 100 square feet. Are you a container gardener or do you have raised beds?