Wheat Litter Composts Easily
Today I'd like to summarize and share some tips for composting cat litter that were begun at our recent #LitterChat Twitter Party for Swheat Scoop. Feel free to comment with your questions and I'll be happy to respond.
- DO NOT try to compost clay litter or litter that contains ‘solids’. Always remove solids first.
- Micro-organisms in compost bins and piles do not break down proteins in kitty poo. Sift the litter well to remove.
- Prepare for your most successful composting by triple sifting all solids. Yes, I've mentioned this 3 times! That's how important it is.
- Compost bins require regular daily turns to circulate materials for faster composting. Turning your bit aerates the contents. Oxygen is imperative to the process.
- Compost piles on the ground are the most budget-savvy, but do require added effort to turn and cover. It's really not hard. Read on....
- Compost piles on the ground require covers such as a heavy plastic bag or lg bin lid.
Hidden Compost Behind Bushes and Pool Equipment
- Best location is under an overhang of your roof.
- Composting requires daily H2O by turning pile. Balance ingredients with dead or dry matter and food scraps.
- To compost Swheat Scoop after sifting, add food scraps such as veggie ends and leftovers—NO proteins.
- Best compost speed comes from balancing H2O, SwheatScoop and green matter like food scraps.
- Easiest cat litter cleanup=recycled paper litterbox. Place box and contents in compost pile with food scraps.
- No protein or fats in compost pile. Examples: eggs (shells are okay), meat, oil, cheese, fish, and bones.
- Save fruit and veggie ends, peels and scraps for great compost. Also add coffee grounds for best pH balance.
- Healthy pH helps compost smell better and cycle faster.
- Pickup FREE coffee grounds at your neighborhood Starbucks for healthier compost pH.
- Compost also helps with smell, keeping animals off the trail to your pile.
- Compost is ready when all materials break down to look like a rough-textured soil or oatmeal.
- How long till compost is ready? First batch is slowest, probably a few months. Aerate by stirring daily to aid speed.
- Speed tip: Balance moisture, pH, dry and green matter. Stir and aerate often for fastest finished product.
- Critter aler: If you live in an area with wildlife, fence pile and cover with chicken wire or wire garden fencing to make it difficult to get at the contents underneath.
- What to do with finished compost? Add to flowers and veggie plants as soil enhancer and fertilizer. More blooms, healthier vegetation, more flavorful and healthier veggies and fruits.
- Enjoy the flavor of home-grown herbs and vegetables that are organic. Yum!
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- Okay, I'll stop there. Visit Organic-Journey-Online.com for more.