Use Food For Fertilizer

By: Jill Cordes
By: Jill Cordes

Consider these facts: Each year, Americans throw away almost 50-million tons of food and yard trimmings. That's over 300 pounds for every person in the United States! But a lot of that organic waste can actually save you money on fertilizer and be good for the environment at the same time.
All you do is poke some air holes in the side of a plastic trash can. Next, start adding stuff that will turn into something called compost.
Think of your compost bin as an organic cake with layers of green and brown ingredients. The green ingredients would be things like veggie scraps and lawn trimmings the brown ingredients would be things like dry leaves, wood scraps, sawdust, coffee grounds
Over time this mixture of organic trash breaks down into a material rich in nutrients and is a great fertilizer for plants. Think of it as Mother Natures own green solution to modern-day chemical fertilizers, and it saves you money.
Either way, you'll be reusing organic materials and keeping garbage out of the landfill.


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