Home Composting: Use Your Kitchen Waste To Make Garden Soil

Most of the waste materials in your kitchen can be used for composting. Things like leftover foods and plant debris contain a lot of nutrients that can help your garden plants grow healthy and strong. With your kitchen leftovers, you can create fertile and rich garden soil.

Although it is possible to compost your leftovers on the ground, this process can be quite messy and smelly. Make no mistakes about it, leftover foods can emit an awful smell after being kept for a few days so if you do not want your home to stink, use a sealed composting bin. A sealed home composting bin will not only keep the stink in check, it will also keep rodents and insects out. You do not need an expensive home composting bin to start your home composting project. There are plenty of cheap recycling bins in the market and most of these bins are quite reliable.

After getting your recycling bin, put your bin at the back of your house and start filling it with compost materials from your kitchen. To create good garden soil, you need to put a variety of composting materials into your recycling bin. Remember that what you put inside the bin is the same kind of materials that will turn into garden soil so make sure that you put green kitchen waste including leftover vegetables, fruits, coffee grounds, leftover tea leaves and other nitrogen rich waste into your bin.

Brown waste materials such as cardboard and cardboard tubes, sawdust, leftover cereals, dead plants and the likes are also good materials for your garden soil so put plenty of these type of things into your composting bin. You can even add used egg shells, paper towels and paper bags into your compost. However, do not put too much of these stuff into your composting bin. Eggshells, paper towels and brown bags do not decompose as fast as kitchen leftovers. Once your bin is filled, seal it to keep insects and rodents out.

Your kitchen waste will decompose faster if you turn it over every two weeks. For hygiene reasons, wear a mask and gloves when you turn the pile especially during the first few weeks. Note that some types of kitchen leftovers rot slowly and they tend to emit foul smell while rotting so make sure that you cover your nose and mouth when you turn the pile. After turning the contents of your bin, close the bin and seal it tightly to prevent the stink from coming out.