We can reduce landfill waste by composting any waste possible. Composting can be done easily with a simple hole in the ground. Dig a hole in the ground that is 12-16 inches deep and cover with a board so that nothing can fall in. Earthworms will eat your scraps and poop in any around the hole you created fertilizing the ground as well as creating tunnels that allow for air and water to flow through helping the root system of the plants. Once full of scraps, cover and dig a new hole!
- Variously referred to as trench or pit composting in gardens, there are a few different trench composting methods, but it all comes down to composting food scraps in a hole.
- There is no turning involved when pit composting in this manner and you can continuously add to the pit as you get more kitchen scraps.
- Give this system a few years and your soil will be well structured, nutrient rich and with excellent aeration and water penetration. At that time, the entire area can be planted
“Composting food scraps in a hole is definitely not a new technique; it’s probably how your grandparents and great grandparents got rid of kitchen waste.”