Green Family Projects - Compost
When we think about 'saving the planet' it seems that as individuals there is little we can do that has much of
Well the true answer is that if we begin with our own family we are starting them on a path that will spread for
generations and act as an inspiration for others in our immediate circle.
One project to consider is to create a composting bin in a corner of the yard as a visible example of the desire
to be green at home.
If you don't already have a garden then start now, as the compost of waste garden plants will give you a
resource that feeds back to the soil and improves production without the need for fertilizers and sprays.
Involving the whole family means that not just one person will have the task of learning how to get the best out
of your system or keep maintaining it. Let's face it, children love playing with muck and dirt, so use this natural
tendency when young to steer them on a green path to the future. You will also gain time with them in this bonding
activity, give them exercise and teach them some rudimentary biology and chemistry without them even realizing
There are a lot of other skills they will practice too from the time you decide where to locate your compost
bin. Simple designs and construction will involve some basic mathematics and woodworking - as you should look to
make your own, not just buy a readymade unit.
When the structure has been erected then you need to look at the materials that can be composted which include
kitchen vegetable waste, newspapers, wood shavings as well as plant clippings.
A roster for each member will ensure that this green home project is
everyone's responsibility, but you need to learn what can't go in as well. By doing this, the family will realize
the practice of recycling has a practical benefit at the same time.
The limited skill needed is only to understand turning times, temperature recording and layering to get the most
efficient rotting underway. All the family can share these tasks as well as they learn what nourishing their own
food production is about.
The garden will benefit too, as natural fertilizer delivers organic vegetables fresh to the table without toxic
pesticides. The taste of fresh produce may also stimulate the jaded palates of those fussy children, especially if
they have had a hand in growing it!
To avoid attracting rats and flies, try to avoid adding meat and dairy leftovers into the bin. You are
attempting to feed the family not other animal populations! Ultimately you will end up with nutrient rich soil,
healthy plants more resistant to pest and disease and requiring less water for irrigation.
A saving here of a scarce resource and in your utility bill as well! Remember that anything you grow yourself
hasn't had to be transported for miles and wrapped in packaging to get to your door.
While the savings to be made for your wallet are worthwhile, your family's efforts are contributing to the
better health of the planet. Hopefully the children will see a step is worth the effort and it will be replicated
in their own lives.
Being eco-friendly is all about changing attitudes to how we deal with the waste products we produce.
Beginning with the family unit seems an excellent place to start greening up your home!
You should check out the Organic Food Gardening Beginner's manual that will teach you how to save money on
growing your own food while spending quality time with your family: