When people ask about the secret to our Green Envy soil, they’re often surprised to hear the response: food. That’s right. Our soil is comprised entirely of composted food scraps and other renewable materials. While we’re proud of its exceptional quality, we’re also passionate about its impact on the globe. According to the EPA, Americans generate more than 250 million tons of trash each year. By using composted food in our products, we can help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills—and YOU can too. Composting at home is easy and not nearly as intimidating as it sounds.
Here’s what you need to know:
You’ll want to invest in a composting container for both inside and outside your home. For inside, choose a container with a filter or charcoal liner to help keep odors out. Bins such as this one are durable, yet attractive enough to set on the counter! Your outside bin is where the real work takes place. It can be as simple as a 30-gallon trash can with holes poked in the sides for oxygenation or as sophisticated as one of these tumblers. In both instances, a secure lid is key! Nothing puts a damper on your composting efforts like unwelcomed critters.
What can I compost?
Good question! All sources recommend maintaining a 30:1 carbon to nitrogen ratio when composting. While this sounds complicated, it’s not. The fastest way to produce fertile soil is to maintain a proper balance of energy (carbon) and protein (nitrogen). Materials such as leaves, newspaper and wood chips are high in carbon, while coffee grounds, food waste and grass clippings are high in nitrogen. Remember to chop up food and other materials before placing them in your bin to help accelerate the process. If you’re questioning a particular item, check out this great list of composting no-no’s.
Stir it up!
The best way to speed up the compost process is to keep it moving. Most tumblers sit on casters, which allow you to spin them by hand. If you do not have a tumbler, simply use a pitchfork to move the compost around. Sunlight is also a great motivator. Ideally, your bin should be situated in a place that receives direct sunlight.
Keep it damp
Like other living things in your garden, you’ll need to water your compost. It should not be so wet that water leaks out the bottom or so dry that it appears dusty. A gentle sprinkle whenever you water your plants is sufficient.
Wait and watch
Because the success of your compost relies heavily on many different factors, including weather, it is important to remain patient during the process. Depending on which method you use, your soil could be ready anywhere from 3 to18 months after you begin.
Consider a service
If you share our passion for composting but are not into the DIY approach, companies like this one can help! You’ll still reduce food waste and will be rewarded with rich, fertile soil for your garden. Win – win!
Green Envy is a nutrient-rich, chemical-free premium line of soils manufactured by Ohio Mulch Supply. Our process upcycles food scraps into reusable material that promotes natural plant growth, helping to transform communities into greener, cleaner places to live. With three manufacturing facilities and nationwide distribution firmly in place, we continue to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability.