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Organic household waste recycling made easy

There is a type of recycling which is easy, does good to the garden, and reduces the amount of rubbish going to waste landfill at the public expense. Organic waste, kitchen waste, or whatever you want to call it; can be turned into compost. Such things as teabags, banana skins, potato peelings, flower stalks, apple cores, cabbage leaves, etc, can be left on the garden to rot, and by natural processes the material will become soil before very long.

"Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio" says Hamlet. It's a classic scene from Shakespeare as the tragic figure is standing there holding a skull. Well, how long do you think poor old Yorick has been dead? Not many decades, as Hamlet personally knew him, and since then his mortal remains (apart from the bones) have turned to earth. Hamlet elaborates on this, and if you want to see the original you can download a free complete works of Shakespeare at Gutenberg. Anyway, if it takes such a short time to compost a body, how long do you think it takes banana skins and teabags to be composted? A somewhat shorter time! Kitchen waste buried around the garden can be recycled as new growth in a year or two.

Garden waste such as lawnmowings can be recycled on the garden, and for tougher items such as hedge-trimming and pieces pruned off trees, a bonfire soon turns this to ash, which can be spread.

The advantages of doing this include some obvious things as putting waste to good use by recycling, and reducing the amount of waste going in the dustbin, and also the improvement to the fertile quality of the garden by the nutrients involved. Also, it has been noticed that gardens where people put all the waste in the dustbin are being depleted gradually as stuff is being taken away but not replaced. In contrast, in a garden where all the garden waste is recycled into the ground and other compost material is added from the kitchen, the ground level will gradually increase over the years. My own garden is already several inches higher than those of the neighbours.

Having a garden that's got a slightly higher altitude above sea level might not save it from sea level rise in global warming, but if there's a little bit of flooding, which there is every now-and-then, whose gardens do you think are going to be flooded? Mine or the neighbours'?

If you are carnivorous, and your kitchen waste includes animal bones, you can put those on the garden too. Future archaeologists love that!

You can get special equipment for composting, such as a compost bin, and compost accelerating stuff, but I have found that organic waste just dumped onto the garden will compost quite well without any help. As soon as it's left there, the tiny critters get to work on it. If this didn't happen, what do you suppose would happen to all the dead leaves which arrive?

So, there it is. Compost. We're not making any money out of it, but it doesn't matter, because it does some good anyway.

If you want to try it, then yes, provided your garden is bigger than a certain minimum size, you should! Good luck!

Other useful gardening stuff can be seen on the page of gardening, including some helpful places who are purveyors of gardening supplies.

Incidentally, if you'd like to get some worms for your compost, you could try Wiggly Wigglers

Another helpful composting place is Dog Poo Wormery where worms can deal with dog waste and turn it into compost.

A few other pages which mention compost include... Harrod Horticultural , Even Greener , Present Aid , and Selections

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