This year, as our family decides to live more frugal, we decided on kicking it up a notch in our composting. We’re looking forward to a bigger and better family garden this year and that’s going to require us to pay more attention to the soil we grow our foods in. All those wasted food scraps that didn’t go to the chickens, will be re-purposed as wonderful organic compost. I’ll also be a little curious on how much less garbage we put out (it’s usually a lot) and how much more recycling we have each week.
Right now, I’m re-purposing an old Folgers coffee canister placed on our kitchen counter to save our kitchen scraps. When it’s full, we’ll take it to the garden. To keep it fresh smelling without all those nasty odors, I’m using my baking soda shaker to sprinkle in every once in a while to balance the chemicals and reduce odor.
Here’s a list of what kitchen scraps we’ll be saving for composting:
- Peels and rinds from fruits and vegetables
- Coffee grounds (we don’t have paper filters but you could compost those too)
- Tea bags and tea grounds
- Paper towels, paper napkins, brown paper grocery bags (use these all the time in the garden to keep weeds away)
- Cardboard boxes
- Egg shells and egg cartons (not the Styrofoam ones)
- Stale bread
- Potato peels
- Old newspapers
Just throw all of your scraps into your kitchen counter top compost bin, coffee canister or bucket and empty into the compost pile once it is full. Just make sure to “stir” your kitchen compost frequently while it “cooks” to give it a little air–you can also add a little dirt/soil from the garden to the mix to speed up the process and minimize smell.
Saving those kitchen scraps is just another way our family is living more frugal these days. How about you? Is your family saving kitchen scraps for compost?