Composting 101 FBHere at Red Sun Farms, we like to use natural methods to grow fresh veggies in our greenhouses, whether it’s using non-GMO seeds or natural pest deterrents. It speaks to our values as a company and our commitment to offer you the very best greenhouse-grown produce.

This Earth Day, join the natural movement and add another notch on your belt of “reduce, recycle, reuse.” Read on to learn how to start a compost pile making use of our veggie scraps!

 
Compost is nutrient-rich soil made from organic waste, such as food scraps from your kitchen and/or green waste from your yard. It is another way reduce your waste and improves the soil structure in your garden or yard. Here’s how to get started:

 

  • Decide on structure. Either an open pile or bins can be used to compost material. If you are including leaves or other items that are slow to decompose, a bin can continue the composting process through the colder months and keep the compost contained.
  • Save those scraps! As you cook in the kitchen, save veggie scraps like bell pepper tops, tomato vines and cucumber ends, plus foods like leftover bread, eggshells and coffee grounds. Do not include meats, greasy foods and dairy, as they can harm the compost pile.
  • Live by the golden 3-to-1 ratio. A general rule of thumb is three parts brown matter (yard waste like leaves, pine needles or newspaper) for every one part green matter (fresher items like food waste, leftover coffee grounds and grass/green plant clippings). Just make sure none of the matter has been treated with chemicals such as pesticides.
  • Speed it up with a stir. Composting works best when it has both air and moisture. If you do not live in a rainy area, add water to the compost pile to continue the decomposition process. Whether your compost is an open pile or a bin, give it a stir every 1 – 2 weeks to keep air circulation up.
  • How to tell if your compost ready. Various factors determine composting timing, from moisture to brown/green matter used. Compost is ready to use once it’s shrunken down to about half its size, the material you composted isn’t recognizable, and the soil has a pleasant, earthy smell.

Happy composting!