Start a Compost

With Earth Day here again (It’s the 50th Anniversary!) we thought we should just talk about how easy it is to save your food and plant scraps from the landfill and create your own compost pile at home. There are a number of ways to go about it, but one of the easiest is to use a trash can or a plastic bin with holes drilled in the bottom so that it can breathe. If you’re not handy with a drill, have someone help you or at least hold on to the bin while you’re drilling. Safety first!


Next, you’ll want to add “brown items”. What do we mean by that? Coffee grounds and filters work. Grass clippings, any leaves you might have raked up, and shredded newspapers are all perfect.


After that, on to the “green items”! Dead or trimmed leaves you’ve cleared away from your Aerogarden herbs, or salad greens, and the ends of your Aerogarden peppers or tomatoes are a great place to start. Eggshells or any produce bits and pieces that aren’t going into your meal are also green items.  (Note: Do NOT put in any meat products. Aside from having a less than appealing smell, it’ll attract animals.) Toss all green items into your new compost bin whenever you have them. Now, close your bin and wait!


A few tips to keep your pile in good shape:


1) A good rule of thumb is to turn your pile (mix it up) every three to seven days.


2) It’s not ready to use until the original items are no longer recognizable.


3) It should be fairly dark and crumbly and have a pleasant, earthy smell. 


4) Bear in mind, the pile will shrink in size by about fifty percent. So keep adding, and keep turning!


The overall process generally takes a minimum of three to six months. Be patient and keep at it!
Do you own a compost or have any composting tips? 
 

6 thoughts on “Start a Compost”

  • Michelangela Hegarty April 23, 2020 at 5:40 am

    Hi, I tried to contact you on another site and thought I would try here too. I got my aero garden unit as a gift around 5 months ago. It was a gift from my nephews Tommy and Danny Mooney. My pump is not working. We took it apart and look to see if any roots were clogging it and it wasn't. Put it together and tested it and no noise. Please help me, I have my veggies growing. Thank you. I love my aero garden and my sister in law does too. See has the hugh one.

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    • Hello, We are sorry to hear that your pump has stopped working! Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do here through our blog. If you have already sent an email to our Customer Service team, they will get back to you and have suggestions, or send you a new one. They are experiencing a long wait time in response due to a high increased demand of our gardens during this time. I suggest while you are waiting, you can purchase a hydroponic aerator from a garden center, home depot, or even a pet store. Hope this helps for the time being!

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  • Hello, on April 17, 2020, I ordered a Harvest Slim (Goodful) with expedited shipping (3-5 day). To this date, I have not receive tracking information, or the products themselves. I emailed customer service about 4 or 5 times, tweeted with no response. Worst of all, not phone number to call for assistance. So coming here to the blog is my last ditch effort to get some kind of response from Aerogarden as to what is going on with my order. Thank you.

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    • Hello, We do apologize for the delay in response and for any possible delay in this shipment of your recent order. Our warehouse is working extra hard and shipping during these extraordinary times. With new mandatory frequent cleanings at our warehouse, and a significant increase in our order volumes, we are experience longer than normal wait times. The expedited shipping is just that, for shipping, and does not include that time for your order to be fulfilled in our warehouse. Once the warehouse has shipped your order, you will see it with the 3-5 days. Please be patient and a customer service rep with get to your inquiries in the order they were sent.

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  • I love this concept and have purchased a few items however all of a sudden customer service is gone dark. I have emailed them three separate times over two weeks and have never gotten a single reply. I just want to know if what I ordered is no longer ins stock (placed on April 12) and if I should order a different unit. Not hard - will someone please let me know? Thanks.

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    • Hello, We do apologize for the delay in response and for any possible delay in this shipment of your recent order. Our warehouse is working extra hard and shipping during these extraordinary times. With new mandatory frequent cleanings at our warehouse, and a significant increase in our order volumes, we are experience longer than normal wait times. Please be patient and a customer service rep with get to your inquiries in the order they were sent.

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