the bin that makes your garden more beautiful and helps the
environment. Recycling your kitchen and garden waste in your compost
bin is easy to do, great for your garden and for the environment. So
why not start now and spread the word and get your neighbours on board
by introducing them to home composting?
Add crushed egg shells and mussel shells to your compost.
They won’t break down any further, but they will add valuable minerals
such as calcium.
When you are peeling vegetables in the kitchen, wrap the
scraps in newspaper before adding them to your compost bin. The paper
will be a good ‘brown’ balance for the ‘green’ peelings and it is also
a good way of controlling any fruit flies you may get in your bin.
You would like to
compost old shredded paper and cardboard, but you are
worried about the chemical composition of print ink and risk of an
accumulated build up of harmful chemicals in the soil from composting
printed paper and cardboard?
Well, you are not the only one. Your concern was the subject of a piece
of research by the Centre for Alternative Technology. They ran a series
of field trials and discovered that compost made from paper containing
newsprint had no effect on the growth of plants. Whilst in the past
some inks were metal based, vegetable based inks are now the norm so
these biodegrade safely like the other waste in your compost bin and
should not affect the growth of plants at all.
adding to your compost bin any paper or card that has any foil or
on - such as some wrapping papers, window envelopes or foil lined drink
cartons - as these will not break down and you’ll be left with scraps
of plastic and foil in your end product compost.
If you don’t need to use all of your finished compost, you
can bag it up for future use. You can also store finished compost for
up to a year. Old plastic sand bags are great for storing finished
Always wear gloves when handling compost.
Click on this link to find more gardening
tips and info.
May 5, 2007: Rain or Shine, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Canadian Tire Parking
Lot. Come out and buy a composter for only $20.00. Available to City
residents only, proof of residency required.
COMPOST AT MOHAWK STREET LANDFILL SITE:
Starting April 30th, 2007: Free compost while quantities last, Mohawk
Landfill, Monday to Saturday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Bag-your-own! Bring a
shovel & containers, limit 2 bags per day.