Can we all just compost?

I currently live in a tiny cabin in the forests of Sweden, a five minute walk down to the fjord of the Baltic Sea. There is an abundance of apple, pear & plum trees in my backyard. My backyard is a gateway to the forests, where I spent my last Sunday afternoon blueberry picking. I even have pets – wild deer! It’s truly amazing to live amongst a natural ecosystem, and the community here really takes pride in treating the land with conscious care.

As I was moving into my new place, my host highlighted where the composting bag was, and I was keen to start composting. I have heard of friends of friends composting at their homes, but never actually delved into the idea of composting, or practiced composting until now.

When you think of composting what comes to mind? A compilation of scraps of food sitting together for days at a time, eventually growing into a life of its own? Yeah, that’s the gist of it. But in detail it is way more than that. Compost is a rich compilation of recycled organic matter that would be otherwise considered waste. The muddle is filled nutrients that are beneficial for soil. On a basic level, compost can be used for gardening. Compost is vital for soil and plant growth, but it is also truly special to put care & effort into organising your “waste”.

So… why compost? Composting can deter about 30% of your kitchen waste. This is important because the organic waste combined with other waste will take a long time to decompose, which adds to the rate of global warming. Also, composting introduces super healthy organisms to the soil, therefore offering a natural alternative to chemical fertilizers.

If this is something you’d like to try in your home, here are a few Serve Yoga tips to get you started:

1. Build your compost in a tumbler or compost bin. Check out your local garden store for one.

2. Your compost should be mixed with greens, browns and a bit of moisture. Grass clippings, fruit and vegetables bits and pieces, even coffee grounds are considered greens. Browns should be shredded paper, wood clippings, egg cartons and paper bags. Think 1 part greens for every 3 part browns. Lastly, you should add a bit of water to your compost – just sprinkles every so often to make it slightly moist.

3. Your compost pile needs to be between the temperatures of 140 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. The optimal temperature increases the rate of decomposition and kills any pathogens.

ALERT: These are some things not to be added in your compost – Meat and fish scraps, dairy products, glossy paper, plants that have been sprayed with pesticides, walnuts, lime/lemon peels and pet faeces. If you are unsure of what goes in your compost, here’s a detailed list.

This a video from D News, to help visualise the process. I hope you find composting as fun and worthwhile as Serve Yoga does!


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