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Composting Through the Cool: Your Guide to #SustainableSeptember

As the weather cools down (for some) and we welcome autumn (or maybe just an iced pumpkin spice latte), there's no better time to embrace sustainability in our daily lives. This Sustainable September, try composting – a powerful practice that aligns perfectly with the changing season. Discover 10 ways you integrate composting into your daily routine as the temperature drops.

1. Prep Your Composting Area:

Before the cold weather sets in, ensure your composting area is ready for the transition. Clear out any excess debris, and if you have an outdoor compost pile, consider building a protective barrier to shield it from harsh elements.

2. Collect Fall Leaves:

As trees shed their leaves, seize this opportunity to stockpile a crucial component of composting: brown materials. Fall leaves are a valuable source of carbon, balancing the nitrogen-rich kitchen scraps you'll continue to add. Leave the leaves: Micro-organisms are vital to soil and need food and nutrients. Leave any extra leaves you don’t need to compost on your garden bed this fall - as the leaves decay, they add organic matter into the soil.

3. Adjust Your Mix:

As the types of kitchen scraps change with the seasons, adjust your compost mix accordingly. Fall often brings more hearty vegetable scraps, which provide nutrients and diversity to your compost pile.

Person holding compost with worms

4. Optimize Aeration:

Cooler weather can slow down decomposition, so make sure to turn your compost pile more frequently. This aerates the materials, encouraging the breakdown process to continue effectively.

5. Maintain Moisture Levels:

As the air becomes drier, your compost pile might need a bit more moisture. Regularly check the moisture levels and add water if the pile appears dry.

6. Embrace Indoor Composting:

If outdoor conditions become less favorable, consider starting or expanding an indoor composting system. Vermicomposting with worms is a fantastic option for apartment dwellers or those with limited outdoor space.

7. Plan Ahead for Spring Planting:

While composting slows down during cooler months, the nutrients you're building will be invaluable for spring gardening. Envision the lush plants you'll nurture with the compost you're diligently creating.

Garden supplies laid on table

8. Engage in Educational Opportunities:

As you spend more time indoors, take advantage of online workshops and resources related to composting. This learning will equip you with fresh insights to enhance your composting practices.

9. Share the Journey:

Use #SustainableSeptember on social media to share your composting journey with friends and family. Invite them to join you in this sustainable endeavor, fostering a sense of community around eco-friendly actions - and be sure to tag @letsgocompost!

10. Stay Consistent:

As temperatures drop and motivation wavers, remind yourself of the positive impact your composting efforts have on the environment. Stay consistent and remember that every bit counts!

By taking these steps, you're not only enriching your compost pile but also nurturing a sustainable mindset that extends well beyond September. Keep composting through the cooling weather and show the world that small actions can have a significant positive impact on our planet!


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