TAKE2’s top seven home composting how-tos

Victorian households throw out enough food each year to fill Melbourne's Eureka Tower!

A lot of that is wasted food that we didn’t need to buy in the first place.

If you want to reduce the pollution causing climate change, start by cutting your food waste. Then, compost the scraps ie, throw the apple cores into the compost bin, but turn ripe apples into apple pie and eat them.

Food sent to landfill rots there, producing more climate change pollution. By composting your scraps and garden waste you’re helping the planet. 

Composting at home creates a free, natural fertilizer for your garden so saves you money (and if you use it to grow your own vegies that’s another positive thing you’re doing for the planet). It helps soil retain moisture so you water less, the nutrients don’t get washed away, rubbish trucks take fewer trips to landfill which cuts pollution, and our landfills last longer.

Here are TAKE2's favourite how-to guides for composting beginners.

1. Naturally, TAKE2 has its own How-to-compost guide. Short, sweet and to the point, it gives you the basic step by step on composting at home, with a few hints and tips to go with it.

2. Did you know you can compost cotton clothes and hair!! Just a couple of interesting points from Clean up Australia’s factsheet on composting. This explains the hows and whys of composting, including keeping pests away from your precious heap. There are links to more info that newbies will find helpful.

3. Do you want a hot compost heap or a cold one? Don’t know what we’re talking about? Then try the Better Health website’s rundown on composting. Compost is a great natural fertiliser for your home grown vegies which are good for the planet and you.

4. Costa Georgiadis has some great composting videos, including one that shows you how to layer your heap. And once you’re set up, there’s one on maintaining your compost heap.

5. Some good advice from Lord of the Flies on making compost at home, including what poo to add to your compost and what poo to avoid!! (FYI - poo isn’t mandatory).

6. How about worm farming? This is a good option if space is limited. Green Villages has a step by step video on worm farming which includes tips on making your food scraps irresistible to baby worms. Or if you love Costa, he’s got a video for that too.

7. Sustainable Gardening Australia has some useful resources, like this short, sharp composting checklist. If you really love this stuff, check out their site (as long as you’re happy to read longer blogs.)

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