I’ve composted all summer – now what?

Spread your compost love:

Your compost will ‘cook’ much more slowly in the winter – causing your bin to fill up more quickly, so it is best to empty it out before the winter.  And before the snow makes it’s return for the winter season, it is time to make use of the beautiful compost dirt you have nurtured this summer.

Shovel your compost into the soil of your garden and work it in pretty well. If fall leaves are still available, cover the garden bed with them for the remainder of the winter season.

Tips on composting this winter:

The composting process will still continue through the cold months, just at a slower rate.

-Make things easier on yourself – use a larger compost container under your sink so that you can take fewer trips out to your main compost pile outside.

-It is also best to save some of your fall leaves so that, if needed, you can layer them within your compost during the winter to keep your two main compost ingredients in equal balance. (See our previous composting post for details on compost ingredients.)

-Cut up food scraps into smaller pieces to encourage faster breakdown.

-Be sure your outdoor compost pile gets plenty of winter sunlight to help keep the materials heated as best as possible in the winter.

-Don’t forget to turn the pile once in a while to allow air to get added into the mix.

-Consider worm composting indoors. Jump here for more details on this composting option.

-Spend some of your downtime planning your spring garden!

Freezing temperatures? If you live in a climate with freezing temperatures, consider using a compost bin that can be covered to keep snow from piling on top. If your compost freezers over completely, don’t lose hope. Keep adding to it from your kitchen and wait to turn the pile until the temperature warms up.

And once the spring season comes back around you’ll be a step ahead in getting your much more active compost going.

Let us know how your composting goes this winter!

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What does Organic and Natural really mean?

So you’ve heard all about the excitement surrounding organic. But what does organic really mean?

Simply put, when a product is labeled organic, the USDA Organic symbol certifies that the ingredients are grown WITHOUT toxic and persistent pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers. It also certifies that NO artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or irradiated ingredients are added.

More in depth details about the rigorous certification inspections and standards of production and processing associated with qualifying as an organic product can be found on the Organic Trade Association website by following this link.

ONE Planet : Why is Organic and Natural important for the Planet?

Think about when you wash your car – or better yet, your dog. Chances are you are using soap and water outside in your driveway. When you hose down the family pet or the family vehicle the water runs off onto the cement, over the curb and into the street. That water has to go somewhere. The same is true for anything sprayed (such as pesticides and fertilizers) on the ingredients that go into many of the foods we eat everyday. The pesticides and fertilizers that run off the fields with water cause environmental pollution nearby – bringing chemicals to places where they don’t belong – like your vegetable garden, the city park, or to the wild life that depend on the local river.

Organic agriculture doesn’t use the unsafe pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides that can cause the Planet so much harm and is a safer choice for the world around you. Take a further look into the reasons to support organic agriculture on the Organic.org site.

ONE Person : Why is Organic and Natural important for your family?

Pesticides found in conventional foods and absorbed by our bodies can have serious health impacts; including birth defects, nerve damage and cancer. Because organic products are regulated, choosing organic is a way to ensure that you are providing your family products that are safe for them. Read more about the potential health problems that can arise from exposure to pesticides on the US EPA website.

ONE Choice: Make an impact today!

Small steps in the organic and natural direction can make a difference in your life – for your health and your taste buds. And choosing organic and natural can also make a huge difference for the Planet and all of the life the earth supports.

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