How To Start Your Own Compost

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Here in San Francisco, residents are given a free bin to collect compost materials. This is in an effort to eliminate all waste in landfills. Tara explains how you can make your own compost bin right in your backyard!

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“Landfills are one of the biggest producers of greenhouse gases, but the big tragedy is that, according to the EPA, at least 23 percent of the U.S. Solid Waste stream is made up of perfectly compostable materials!”

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“Compost is organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow. Food scraps and yard waste currently make up 20 to 30 percent of what we throw away, and should be composted instead.”

“Composting is a simple way to add nutrient-rich humus which fuels plant growth and restores vitality to depleted soil. It’s also free, easy to make and good for the environment.”

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“If you don’t have a garden, or curbside compost, you might think composting isn’t for you. But guess what – you can still join the compost party, even if you’re an apartment dweller or suffer from a black thumb.”

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Reptilian Brotherhood says:

A good thing to add is that when you have a garden you need to see what you're priorities are if you want flowers add some more carbon than nitrogen and if you want the actual plant to grow than add more nitrogen and another thing is at the end of the video she says that you shouldn't use this as the main soil but if you add some peat moss, vermiculite and perlite you should have a pretty good batch of soil and will work fine but do keep in mind compost doesn't always do good indoors because i have seen that a white mold usually starts to form on the tops of them

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TexasGTO says:

Holy shit she's pretty.

Rva Detailers says:

so what is that shredded newspaper and tissues for?

Jerry Perry says:

If you have a small compost bin it's probably better to use bokashi. It's harder to maintain the balance in a small pile. It will get wet and compact.

frank & bianca says:

what if I want to make compost for next summer can I start my pile now?

Cody R says:

she has superb clevage, sad they had to cover it

Mick Sealtoe says:

I would luv to put my waste in her compost bin.

Andrew Rodriguez says:

Terra mentioned that using your compost soil in your garden just by its self (and not as an additive) could go very wrong. Can someone explain to me why this is? And why its a bad idea.

SrmthfgRockLee says:

sucks.. but that's ok "I'm a robot, but that's OK".. Cyborg :D

Imad Gibbs says:

People who say this is useless are clueless. I compost and it's the easiest thing in the world, you buy a compost bin and instead of throwing food away, you throw it in a different bin and add to the compost whenever necessary.. and with that we grow more fruit & veg than we can eat. Useless, you say?

Lester Exton (LEE11B) says:

so cute…thank you for the info.

lisu47 says:

Garbage topic, garbage thumb down

Katarina Bergqwist says:

O my, you don't have composting as a standard? In Sweden everyone have a compost bin, either one that the garbage truck empty once in a while, one in your garden, if you have a garden, or a small one indoor that you empty in a garbage room, if you live in an appartment.

Darth Obscurity says:

3:53 Tara's little sister?

Kaleidalee says:

I have a bucket of compost that's been sitting outside for weeks with a lid on… I opened it yesterday, and it's covered in blueish grey mold. Might have to throw it away… at least now I know how to compost PROPERLY.

DarxPhil says:

Compost heaps are for hippies and beatniks.

Amanda Fagan says:

i love your top!

Josh Miller says:

She has man hands…

zh11147 says:

One thing I would like to say, you said never to use meat in compost piles. Well, a lot of times, people do not have the equipment to bury livestock. (enough said, but I'll elaborate) so for example if you live on a dairy farm, one of the most revered, quick, and legal ways to get rid of dead cattle is to bury them in the compost piles. The manure produces (a lot of) heat which easily breaks down the meat, hied, and even bones of the animal. Just sayin'. 
I live on a beef farm and am always looking for new methods of manure management; trust me, I know compost. Now, for composting things like manure, it should be flipped frequently, so that it does not get too hot and spontaneously combust. However, if you are using only things like dried grass, (like hay and straw), then you want to compact it, because they generally do not produce a lot of heat. 

Ruben Luna says:

This is a great idea. I love this channel, always promoting a healthier environment.

Jonathan Smyth says:

Way too small, you'd be better off with something at least the size of a garbage can (~50gal)

phobos134 says:

she looks like a man

MageGrayWolf says:

Knock the bottom out of a garbage can and flip it upside down and you have yourself a nice large compost bin.

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