With the attention brought to maintaining a green lifestyle, more people are turning to composting as a way to provide additional nutrients to homeowners’ soil. Marco Bitran, who was the founder of Al Exchange, spends time during the summer composting with his family, and they utilize the nutrient-rich soil for planting.
Compost bins are available at home improvement stores, or individuals can make their own with a barrel or open yard space. Homeowners can use a variety of materials to begin their compost pile, including vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds and filters, and yard debris. However, they should consult with their township, as some areas prevent homeowners from adding food scraps unless the compost bin has a lid.
Management of the compost pile determines when the compost will be available for use. If homeowners turn the pile every week, keep the pile in a cool, shady spot, and shred or grind the organic products, the compost will be ready to use in a month or two. If left alone, the compost may take longer to reach readiness.
Marco spends a lot of time working the garden with his two children, Isaac and Dalia. It’s a great activity for kids and teaches them about the environment, about growing plants and foods, and about the bio life cycle.