The official day of spring is next week already! In Michigan the weather might not be warm yet, but spring is coming! I love spring. Seriously love it. One of my favorite things to do in the spring is to clean up where my perennials are and uncover the green shoots poking up through the ground. Something about digging in the dirt, watching things grow and being out in the fresh spring air does wonders for my soul.
I just started this blog in January so if you follow my blog, you'll find out that I am a "green living" fanatic. I don't like to use chemicals (or fake scents) for my personal care products, in my house, or in my yard. Yes, in some cases it's more work, especially with pest control outside. So, Kermit the frog had it right when he sang "it's not easy being green". ;) But, in my opinion, if I can make a difference in the little space I inhabit on earth, it's worth it.
One of the things that I like to do to be "green" is compost. Read Composting 101: What Is Compost? I save my egg shells, tea bags (remove staples or strings), coffee grounds with unbleached filters (I don't drink coffee but my husband does), and any fruit and vegetable scraps in an old covered container (kept in the fridge in the warm weather to avoid fruit flies). It saves a lot on trash and it turns into "black gold" for the garden. Compost is different than fertilizer. For more information read: Composting and 7 Things You Should Never Compost.
Nothing fancy for my compost piles, see below for a picture from a couple of years ago when it was first put together and not filled up with leaves yet. I had my husband attach some skids together vertically as three "walls" to hold in the piles with an opening in the front. I haven't taken a picture recently but all of the compost piles are now filled to the top. The two piles on the left are just shredded leaves piled high from the collection in the fall. The one on the right is the same plus all of my kitchen scraps added to it.
I used to just dig a hole in the pile and dump all the kitchen scraps in and cover it up. But things such as egg shells, avocado peels, citrus peels, etc. take longer than other things to compost. So, I decided to speed up the process by putting it in the blender. This is what I call a compost "smoothie". And no, you wouldn't want to drink this smoothie! :) Now, around once a week or so, I'll pulverize everything I've saved from the kitchen in the blender with some water. It's worked great so far. It speeds up the composting process and adds moisture to the pile as well. The worms love it!
Even if you don't have a large space, composting can be easy:
Tips for Indoor Composting
Small Space Composting Solutions
Composting in Small Spaces
What efforts do you make to be "green"? Please comment below! Thank you for reading!
Maria Walcott. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist "Extraordinaire" :) Nutrition "nerd". Essential oil educator. Love nature. Want to protect God's planet and help His people become their healthiest selves.