Tips for At-Home Composting


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Not everyone has a garden but if you want to be more environmentally friendly, you can throw scraps into a compost bin.

As KOLR10’s Heather Lewis learned, composting is great for a project at home or for kids in a classroom. Take a look.

Heather Lewis:  “I’ve recruited a little bit of help again from my three-year-old, Benjamin. Kelly McGowan with the University of Missouri Extension Office is with us again too. We’ve been talking about some kid friendly ways to get your kids involved in getting their hands dirty, planting, just kind of bringing new life to old things. That’s what we’re talking about with composting today and it’s something you can do at your house. We actually do it at our house, and Benjamin helps with it. What are some ways we can compost and what is it used for?”

Kelly McGowan: “This is a great project to do with kids. This is called vermicomposting, or basically just composting with worms. All you really need is a tub like that, and you can keep it inside of your house. It’s a great way to compost kitchen scraps, shredded paper that sort of thing, and kids can learn about the decomposition process. It makes great fertilizer for plants.”

Heather Lewis:  “So what is Benjamin going to put in there?”

Kelly McGowan: “Egg shells are a great addition to compost bins. With worm composting, you want to kind of grind them up, and just sprinkle them on your composting bin and worms will love this. They’ll break it down, and it’s a great way to get rid of those egg shells.”

Heather Lewis: “You can use this for mulching and gardening and for your grass even?”

Kelly McGowan: “Yes, vermi compost is some of the richest compost, nutrient rich compost that you can use on your plants, so it has that benefit as well.”

Heather Lewis: “If people have any questions, where can they call?”

Kelly McGowan: “They can call the Greene County Extension Office 874- 2963, or go to our website.

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