Thursday, October 10, 2013
Composting on the Cheap
Let’s start with the bin
Sure, commercially-made compost bins are attractive and have cool features like turning handles and lids. But if you look around your garage and basement, I bet you’d find plenty of discarded material that could make a suitable compost bin.
My DIY compost bin does not have a lid, so I have to be extra careful to bury food scraps.
Saving money by preventing food waste
Oh I could go on and on about this one! Actually, I’ll do a follow-up post dedicated to how composting helps combat food waste. Stay tuned.
Composting lets me reuse water
Nope, I don’t have a rain barrel attached to the side of my house (kudos to the folks who do!). I’m talking about looking for ways to save water for use in your compost during dry spells. I reuse water from the dehumidifier and water for rinsing fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go down the drain. I’ve already paid for the water – why not get twice as much use out of it? Just be sure not to include water that has soap in it. Another plus is the free exercise you get hauling that water out to your compost bin!
So anyone who hasn’t fully committed to composting because of the expensive gear has no excuse. I say embrace your inner cheapskate and have fun composting!