Composting

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  • Photo: Is peat moss an eco-friendly option for my yard and garden?

    Is peat moss an eco-friendly option for my yard and garden?

    Not really. In nature, peat accumulates at a rate of half to one millimetre per year! And harvesting peat moss is like mining—a top layer of earth is scrapped off.... More »

  • Photo: How to treat organic waste on a septic system

    How to treat organic waste on a septic system

    The garburator and the landfill are equally bad ideas for your organics. Many cities, and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, recommend that people on septic systems avoid using a... More »

  • Photo: How to compost indoors

    How to compost indoors

    If you can't compost outdoors, I recommend composting indoors. Get some red wriggler worms and call yourself a vermiculturist! Vermicomposting is ideal for small spaces and can be done indoors—under... More »

  • Photo: What's eco-friendlier: composting or the garburator?

    What's eco-friendlier: composting or the garburator?

    Popularized in the '70s and '80s, garburators are starting to go out of style. A banana peel or last night's dinner can increase the load on city sewage systems, putting... More »

  • Photo: How to prevent fruit flies

    How to prevent fruit flies

    Fruit flies are attracted to organic matter. The obvious culprits are fresh fruits and vegetables stored on countertops and rotting kitchen scraps or "greens" headed for the compost pile, as... More »

  • Photo: Can you compost paper towels?

    Can you compost paper towels?

    Paper products, like paper towels, can be a welcome addition to any compost pile. The goal is to alternate layers of nitrogen-rich greens (yard trimmings and vegetable peels) and carbon-rich... More »

  • Photo: Can apartment dwellers compost?

    Can apartment dwellers compost?

    Yes! And I have one word for you: worms. Just because you don't have yard space doesn't mean you can't join the growing number of Canadians who are composting! Statistics... More »

  • Photo: Are there plastic-free compost bins?

    Are there plastic-free compost bins?

    Most city-issued compost bins are made from plastic, probably because it's durable, cheap to make, and keeps vermin out. For a plastic-free option, check with your local hardware store, source... More »