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Thursday, May 06, 2010

Composting 101

I took a free composting class last night with the City of Austin. It's part of their Green30 Challenge, where a class, a small trash can and a home composter can get you $75 from the City. I didn't take the class for the rebate though, I took it after worrying so much about waste during the food pantry blog project last week.

There was a lot of information to take in during the class last night, and it's all still swirling around in my head this morning. We talked about the things you can compost (veggies, fruit, coffee grounds, wilted flowers) and the things you can't (pet waste, dairy, meat, sauces). We talked about the optimum ratio of "brown" to "green" in the compost pile and the solutions for problems that could come up. Is the pile too wet or too dry? Does it smell sweet or stinky?

Now I'm trying to figure out what to do next.

Our instructor, Jason, said that any composter is a successful composter. And I'm trying to work from those words, but I'm just wondering if we produce enough compostable waste to make it worth the trouble. I don't want to start a pile in the backyard that the dogs will mess with. I don't want to dig holes in the backyard and bury compost.

Is anyone else composting at home? What's the easiest way to get started? Any and all tips are welcome...



  • I love this project you are working on. Such a great thing to do. I would love to try composting. Let me know how it goes.

    By Anonymous Denise, at May 07, 2010 1:10 PM  

  • I just noticed your profile pic and just for the record I love it. Your eyes look bigger and more beautiful than normal and that's hard to say because they always look so big and beautiful.

    Just sayin'.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 13, 2010 10:10 PM  

  • Thank you very much, Denise. And thanks to my handsome photographer (Cole took it in the backyard on our way to brunch last weekend).

    By Blogger Summer, at May 14, 2010 8:42 AM  

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