Adventures in Composting is a regular series written by Jason Silverman, a composting newbie and blogging enthusiast.
I’ve been “composting” yard waste in plastic bags around the yard, putting off getting a composter. I didn’t know which one to get. They’re mostly ugly things. I figured it wouldn’t work anyway; I’d just wind up with rotting watermelon rinds in a rain barrel. Also, they’re kind of expensive.
But the other day I was feeling flush and confident, and also my wife was asking me why I was keeping all those plastic bags of grass and twigs scattered about the property. And I got tired of shelling out money for bags of soil amendments that I’d need to shlep back from the garden center and forget about.
So I ordered a fine-looking composter with a snazzy Japanese name that surely means it’s well-designed and efficient. It also has a spigot for compost tea, which I hope tastes as good as it sounds. And it has a nice little trap door at the bottom for taking out what I hope is actually compost and not just plain month-old garbage.
Here’s a photo. I hope it composts as good as it looks.
Resolutions. So much fun to make, so challenging to keep. This year, why not set your sights on some resolutions that are simple, small, and good for the planet? Here’s how to make 2010 your greenest year ever:
1. Grow your own fruits and vegetables. No yard? A yard-sharing program matches people who have land with people who have a green thumb but no place to use it.
2. Get involved in a community garden or volunteer at one like Common Good City Farm.
3. Walk more, use public transportation, and consider buying or renting a bike.
4. Buy local ingredients whenever possible from farmer’s markets and other small purveyors.
5. Remember to bring reusable bags to the grocery store. The 5 cent plastic bag fee goes into effect January 1.
6. Plant a tree in your backyard. The DDOE can help.
7. Reduce organic waste by learning how to compost.
8. Replace regular lightbulbs with energy-saving compact florescent lightbulbs, turn off lights when not in use, reduce the thermostat. More tips from DDOE.
9. Stop buying bottled water and get yourself a chic stainless steel bottle instead.
10. Support environmentally friendly local businesses as much as possible.
Happy New Year!