Organic Composting at Home

Organic composting is nature’s way of recycling. Composting has 4 main benefits;

Composting helps in conserving resources

  • Water – composting soaks up water and releases it slowly to plants. This way, if you have plants around your compost then you won’t need to water as much. Furthermore, compost when used as manure, has some of the advantages of mulching; it prevents the water beneath from evaporating.
  • Organic composting at home spares you the agony of having to transport manure to your farms. Organic composts contain a lot of water and are thus very heavy, when they are prepared and used within the farm, you will save on fuel and energy.

Compost with Cat

Composting reduces waste

Statistics show that organic waste makes up between 25% and 50% of waste that people throw away. It is never possible to recycle all organic waste, however, composting gives you the chance to significantly cut down on the trash.

Benefits to plants and gardens

Composts increase organic matter in the soil, improve aeration and drainage in clay soils, helps to balance the PH of soil, moderates soil temperature and play a part in controlling soil erosion. Compost also improves water retention in sandy soils and help plants absorb nutrients already in the soil, that is not to mention that compost also adds a number of nutrients to the soil.

Save on costs

When you use compost manure, your need for water, fertilizers and pesticides are significantly reduced. It is a low-cost alternative to standard land filling cover and a less costly alternative to cleaning (re-mediating) contaminated soil.

How to make your own compost

  • The first step is to identify a site for the compost bin. The selected spot should be a warm area over the grass or soil with good drainage.
  • Next up, you are required to buy a compost bin or make one; compost bins can easily be made from wooden pellets or used timber. Alternatively, you can build the heap and cover it with black polythene or a carpet.
  • When building the heap:
    1. Start with a layer of bark or dry grass.
    2. Secondly, add any soft green material; this provides the compost with nitrogen.
    3. Take care of the compost aeration
    4. The moisture level of the compost has to be kept at a fairly constant level; you can always add small quantities of water or leafy material to raise the moisture levels.
    5. Use as many ingredients as possible; however, ensure that the compost is not too compact.
    6. Turn the heap at regular intervals to mix the contents. This also improves air circulation.

Composts take a few months to a whole year before they are ready.

Earth Day is Approaching

This Sunday, April 22 2012 will be Earth Day, a great time to celebrate our planet and reflect on the things we should be doing to keep making it a beautiful and sustainable place to live.

This will be the 43rd Earth Day (the first was held on April 22 1970) and many different events are planned for the weekend. For a brief overview, visit the official Earth Day site at EarthDay.org. What are you planning on doing this Earth Day to reflect on the state of the environment?

One of the really inspiring projects on the site is The Canopy Project which is an effort to radically increase tree coverage on the planet through the planting of one billion trees. The project focuses on geographic areas where reforestation is desperately needed, but anyone can do their part to help simply by planting a tree. Remember, Earth Day is all about awareness and the simple act of planting a tree can help reinforce the message and is a great teaching tool for children.

Teaching Kids About Recycling in a Fun Way

It’s important to teach kids about the values around sustainability and recycling. Kids learn a lot about the basics in school nowadays, but the best practices are learned and reinforced at home as well. In addition to recycling, conservation is probably the best lesson kids can learn at home.

Here’s a reader submission from one woman who lets her kids learn through video games.

My 9-year old son is a huge fan of Poptropica and last year on Earth Day, they had a special mini-quest all about conservation in the home called, Don’t Be an Energy Hog [editor: video included below--check it out!] I sat with him while he played the game and learned about how much a difference simple conversation at home can make. Afterwards, we took the time to walk through our own house and identify better ways to conserve energy. He even made a list so that we’d remember to do things like turn off the lights, lower the thermostat and more. He even made a shopping list of items for us to get to better manage our energy consumption at home. I’m so proud of him!

Little Things Can Make Big Difference

In many cases such schools projects, church activities, even in beauty contest, people are always asking what could you contribute to help the mother earth. But most of the time, people just say things and never do.

We are already aware of what’s happening to our land, tragedy all over the place, land slide, earth quakes, floods and all kinds of environment incidents that rarely happening before but frequently happening today. This post may not be the first time that you could read about saving-mother-earth.

Yes, you can turn off the lights when no-one is using.

Yes, you can switch to compact flaurescent lamps to save energy.

Yes, you can lessen your air-conditioner usage.

Yes, you can observe water.

Yes, you can lessen your usage of disposable items.

Yes, you can recycle your garbage.

But tell me, isn’t tempting to not do these things when you see other people not doing it?

I could only say is a small prayer – that God may help us…

A little prayer can make big difference.

Recycle That Old Mattress

Here at ItsEcoTime, we’re all about getting the most out of the things we buy and then recycling them as much as possible. This holds true for just about anything in your home. One particularly difficult item for most people is the mattress. Over time (about 10 years), most mattresses tend to start falling apart, and this is true whether you have a high-end or a cheap mattress. And when it comes time to buy a new one, most of us are left figuring out what to do with the old one.

A mattress is highly recyclable, and depending on where it goes for processing, up to 90% of it can be recovered and re-used. Cotton and cloth are used in textiles. The wood from the frame can be chipped, and even the springs and foam in the mattress are easily recycled. The trick is knowing where to send it. If you’re lucky, there may be a recycling center near you. If not, you can ask around at most mattress retailers on ways that your old mattress can be refurbished and donated or recycled.

Nowadays, when you buy a mattress, the store that sells it to you offers to pick your old one up for free. It’s hard to say no to this kind of convenience, but it’s worth asking about what happens to the mattress after they cart it away. Do they send it to a recycling plant, or does it just get tossed into a landfill?

Hello world!

A lot of blogs start out with a “Hello, world!” post which is an old convention from early computer programming days when new programmers would learn a language and often the first program they’d write would be a simple one to print out the words, “Hello, World!” on the screen.

Here at It’s Eco Time, we’re all about taking time to say, “Hello, World!” everyday. Take time to breathe in the fresh air. Take time to gaze at the blue water and the lush green grass. Take time to listen to the wind rustle the leaves in the trees. Above all, take time to appreciate the natural environment that surrounds and protects you. Finally, take time to give something back.