Most of the waste materials in your kitchen can be used for composting. Things like leftover foods and plant debris contain a lot of nutrients that can help your garden plants grow healthy and strong. To turn your kitchen waste into garden soil and potting mix, you need a reliable composting bin and a guide for mixing compost.
Composting and turning your kitchen leftovers into garden soil is very easy. Make no mistakes about it, leftover foods can emit an awful smell after being kept for a few days so if you do not want your home to stink, use a sealed composting bin. Moreover, leaving your leftover food on the open will attract rodents and other insects so unless you want rats running around your backyard, you better keep your compost materials covered. No, you do not need an expensive bin to start composting your kitchen leftovers and other waste products. Just get one of those cheap bins or make your own bin out from recycled materials.
Once you have a reliable recycle bin, start filling your bin with kitchen waste.Try to fill your bin with a variety of green and brown waste from your kitchen. Remember that what you put inside the bin is the same kind of materials that will turn into garden soil so make sure that you put green kitchen waste including leftover vegetables, fruits, coffee grounds, leftover tea leaves and other nitrogen rich waste into your bin.
Aside from putting green stuffs into your recycling bin, you should also put in brown stuffs including cardboard and cardboard tubes from foil wraps, old flowers, sawdust, dead plants, stale bread, leftover cereals and other food items. You can even add used egg shells, paper towels and paper bags into your compost. Do not put too much of these types of waste into your recycling bin. Eggshells, paper towels and brown bags do not decompose as fast as kitchen leftovers. Once the bin is filled up, seal the bin and make sure that rodents and insects do not have access to the kitchen waste inside.
Your kitchen waste will decompose faster if you turn it over every two weeks. For hygiene reasons, wear a mask and gloves when you turn the pile especially during the first few weeks. Note that some types of kitchen leftovers rot slowly and they tend to emit foul smell while rotting so make sure that you cover your nose and mouth when you turn the pile. After turning the contents of your bin, close the bin and seal it tightly to prevent the stink from coming out.