I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas …..

…Or are you having nightmares of a "Lean" Christmas? Has the thought of too much "Spending" got you down? Too much food, wrapping paper everywhere……the guilt of chopping down a tree……Do I sound like the Grinch? Well, if you are like me, you need to take your mind off the over indulgences and onto some of the positives of the season.

Tis the Season alright! Tis the season to Compost!  If you haven’t started your compost pile, now is the perfect time. Leaves are falling everywhere, and kitchen scraps abound from all the yummy goodies being made around this time of year. It doesn’t take much to build a compost pile. Just Remember 1part green to 3parts brown. Green = kitchen scraps ( fruit, veggie and grain type scraps please, eggshells, coffee grinds and the filter), fresh grass or plant trimmings, weeds or the remains of your summer garden. Brown = soft dead leaves,  small twigs, straw, hay, shredded paper or crumpled cardboard. It is not necessary to confine all this in a bin, but there are several good reasons to have one. Keeping things neat and tidy in a small yard is one good reason! Keep adding to your pile, Green and Brown as needed. Keep moist and stir! Sounds like a recipe! OK, I have to admit, I am a beginner myself. I have been adding to my pile for about 6 months now. I must recommend a great book: COMPOST by Ken Thompson. It tells you everything you need to know to be successful at composting in a very easy to understand format. You can find this book in our store along with many other interesting books on green living.  You can visit our website at www.fieldsofgreendirectory.com . After a big holiday food fest, I gather up all my scraps, jog out to the bin and throw it on top. Then I take my trusty pitch fork and work it in, like folding in the ingredients in a cake batter. If the weather is dry, I give it a little sprinkle of water. FYI, did you now that composting burns approximately 396 calories per hour! As I walk briskly back to the house, I feel much better knowing that I have not only burned a few calories and made room for desert, but I have done my part in keeping tons of household garbage out of our landfills.

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