Composting Leaves

composting leaves
composting leaves
Don’t waste your leaves by dragging them to the curb.

Composting Leaves

Every fall in my New Jersey town, all my neighbors rake their leaves into big piles in front of their houses. These leaf piles are everywhere and it’s even hard to drive sometimes. But at some point before winter is in full swing, the town sends out a big truck with a giant Dr. Seuss looking vacuum hose to suck up all these leaves and take them away. And every fall, I always say, “What a waste!”




For someone who makes compost, leaves are a gift. People can talk all they want about kitchen composting and saving coffee grounds but if you compost at home, leaves make it much easier.

Driving around my town and seeing all the leaf piles, I always thought that I was the only fool who felt this way about leaves but apparently I’m in good company. Check out this TEDx Talk given by Mike McGrath about composting.




How To Kitchen Compost

Kitchen Composting

I keep garbage on my counter and I’m proud of it. Used coffee grinds, tea bags, vegetable peels, left overs and even some of my junk mail. No, I’m not a disgusting slob, I’m a kitchen composter.

During the winter, it’s not always fun to take food scraps out to the compost bin. My bins are at the far end of my property so I can’t just poke my head outside and toss stuff in. It’s definitely a shoes and coat required affair. That’s why I bought a Compost Crock.

Kitchen Composting
Kitchen Compost Crocks

It’s nice to have a container right there on your counter to toss garbage into. Mostly I use it for coffee grinds and egg shells but other stuff would be fine too. The crock kind of looks like a cookie jar so I don’t mind having it on the counter. And there’s a carbon filter in the lid so it doesn’t smell before I eventually take it out to the compost heap.

I used to use a tupperware container and just keep it in the freezer so it wouldn’t smell but I have this one from Gardeners.com now. Kitchen Compost Crock, Brilliant White.

So stop throwing out those vegetable peels and other kitchen waste and start kitchen composting.