Monday, March 28, 2011

Anthony the Environmentalist

I know right? Who would have thunk that I would care about the environment? Not I, that's for sure. The truth is, I won't go out of my way to help the planet, but I also won't go out of my way to destroy it (anymore). Personally, I believe that we didn't evolve for billions of years just so we were forced to make sure that we have no impact on the planet. That is foolish, every species has an impact on the planet and it's not our fault that nature designed humans to dominate. That doesn't mean that we should just drive around throwing trash into the sea, killing leopards, etc.

Sorry, that isn't what this post is about. This blog is about me composting. I know!

It all started because of some crappy documentary called "No Impact Man." The only thing I can say about that movie is that it is the biggest bunch of bull---- ever. For all the no impact that guy was doing, the point of the movie was to make sure his book would sell. Yes his book, which would be printed millions of times wasting lots of trees (I don't know how many books a tree makes, is it one tree per page?) that he would be pretending to save while not impacting the earth. Oh and instead of using his solar panel to power a small fridge so his baby would have milk that lasted more than an hour, he used it to power his laptop. Awesome.

Anyways, he composted and I decided that I should too. The reason was because my backyard is full of tons of dead grass, weeds, twigs, etc. And the best way to get rid of it all was to make a compost pile. The best part is there is a really old jacuzzi in my backyard and so I am using that as my compost bin. Also the jacuzzi was already making some compost because of all the dead twigs and leaves that had fallen into it. 

I found out that it is really easy to make a compost pile. You just add a bunch of formerly living ingredients in a pile, let it stew, and make sure to turn it every week while keeping it slightly moist. If you add worms the composting happens a little quicker too. So the compost experiment begins. 

I also have been adding my food waste, veggies, egg shells, fruit, etc. My research indicates that you can compost animal wastes, but those with experience suggest not because pests may become attracted to it. Another suggestion is to try and keep a ratio of green to brown of 1:3. Apparently green things (fruit, veggies, grass clippings) are high in nitrogen and brown things (dried grass, twigs, manure) is high in carbon and oxygen. All of those things are needed for the reactions to happen and it works better if in those ratios. 

The process takes months depending on how big your pile is, but can be sped up by adding earthworms. The worms digest the dirt, and small particles in the compost to help break it down and add nutrients to the newly created compost. My worms should be here soon. I'm excited for that. Hopefully they don't end up dead in a couple of days. If they do, then we will all discover that I suck at composting, but right now it seems to be going pretty well. 

If everything works well then I'm going to add the compost to the ground so that my backyard is fertile and nice. Any leftover I will gladly give away to anyone who needs some. Man, I hope this works. My compost will save the world.

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