When Life Gives You Lemons, Feed Your Compost Pile

Written By: Katie Bocskor, Digital Marketing Manager for MyGreenGloves

Summertime Lemonade Stands

When you think summertime, what adventures, activities and memories come to mind?

I think of bike rides and lemonade stands. Summer is my favorite time of year and has been since I was a kid. As I reminisce about my childhood, I think about sitting in the driveway with my three sisters and selling lemonade to the people passing by. I bet you remember your childhood lemonade stands, as you are probably now helping your children with theirs.

Lemonade stands can teach a child so many things: from how to make lemonade, to running a small business, to sales, communication and teamwork—so why not teach children about food waste and the benefits of composting as well?!

Benefits of Citrus Peels are Too Good to Throw Away—Compost Them!

Did you know that in the U.S. alone, about 150,000 tons of food is thrown out every day?

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, fruits and vegetables are the most tossed out items, followed by dairy and meat.

The rotting food waste releases dangerous methane gas into the air, adversely affecting the environment. (Reference Article)


So how can you help reduce food waste going into the landfills? Compost It!

Note: If you have a vermicomposting, there are some worms that prefer not to eat citrus, but if you have a traditional compost pile you can throw the citrus peels in without worry!

Composting lemon peels, and other citrus fruit is a simple and easy way to reduce food waste. Even though citrus fruits are very acidic, there are great benefits to adding them to your compost pile, such as:

  1. The strong scent will deter pests and animals.
  2. The chemical oils break down quickly, so there is no threat to friendly insects.
  3. Citrus peels bring in phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium—which helps maintain a nutritious pile.  (Citrus peels fall into the ‘green’ part of your pile.)

For composting, your pile should consist of the following combinations:

  • Air + Water + Carbon + Nitrogen = Compost
  • 1 Part Greens + 3 Parts Brown + Water



Helpful Tips on Composting Citrus Peels

  1. Cut the peels into small pieces to speed up the composting process.
  2. If your pile acidity increases, add more grass clippings to maintain a healthy compost mixture.
  3. Keep your compost pile hot by actively turning your piles every few weeks.(This will keep mold from growing on your citrus peels.)



For more composting tips, download our ‘Guide to Backyard Composting’.
To order your GEOBIN Composter, visit our website: www.geobin123.com.

So remember, when life give you lemons, make some lemonade — then feed your compost.

Backyard Composting Meets Raised Bed Square Foot Gardening

Backyard composting growth is exploding as residents of all ages become aware of how much compostable materials are unnecessarily entering our landfills. 30 to 50% of the residential waste stream is made up of compostable materials—food scraps, newspaper, dried plants, grass clippings and other yard waste, leaves and even cardboard. Many of us are doing our part by recycling glass, plastic and cardboard each week in our community containers, but only a small number of us are composting. The burden of all the compostables being thrown in the trash causes the premature closing of landfills and drives up tipping fee costs for private and public waste haulers. New landfills are expensive, unpopular with neighboring communities and claim valuable land.

Landfill effluent gas is a natural byproduct of decomposition of organic materials in landfills, and roughly 50% of that gas is methane. According to the EPA, municipal solid waste landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States, accounting for approximately 15.4% of these emissions in 2015.

Another benefit of backyard composting is that residents are rewarded with nutrient-rich compost that came from his or her own kitchen scraps and yard waste. That compost is ideal for planting beds and vegetable gardens.

An easy way to get started with backyard gardening is by building raised gardens, or raised square foot gardens. Such gardens are as their name implies—raised off the ground by several inches to several feet.  Novice and master gardeners alike understand the benefits of raised square foot gardening, and appreciate the increased organization and yields of their plots. Many prefer raised garden beds due to poor soils in their area and the ability to decrease effort in creating and maintaining the garden. They are typically laid right over lawn without rototilling, so are fast and easy to set up.

Typically, potting soil with roughly 1/3 blended compost mix is utilized to promote good root growth. The nutrient-rich compost feeds the plants and promotes soil microbes that aid in plant growth. Residents can reduce their cost by incorporating their own compost, made in their own backyard using their own compostable materials. The compost can also be added to the surface of the garden to help retain water, inhibit weed growth, and protect tender root systems from the sun. The eco-cycle of reusing your own waste materials to create healthy plants and vegetables is easy to manage in your very own backyard compost bin and raised garden.

Amazon offers both a square foot raised bed garden kit and an industry-leading backyard compost bin.

Let’s get gardening!

Earth Day is April 22nd! Why Not Start Composting?

Did you know that Earth Day is an annual Worldwide celebration that started in 1970?

Each year various events are held to show support, create awareness and educate on environmental protection. Composting is just one of the many topics discussed at Earth Day events.

Why? Because each year, the average U.S. household generates 650 lbs of compostable materials. By composting kitchen scraps, yard waste and grass clippings, you can reduce the amount of waste that goes into the landfill by as much as 25%.

If you are just getting started with composting this Earth Day, here are some tips:

Put it in the Bin:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Food Scraps
  • Plants
  • Grass Clippings
  • Garden / Yard Waste
  • Manure
  • Cardboard / Newspaper
  • Leaves
  • Coffee Grounds / Filters
  • Ashes

 What not to compost:

  • Bones
  • Meat Scraps
  • Dairy
  • Twigs / Branches
  • Seafood
  • Oil / Grease / Lard / Fats
  • Tissues
  • Containers
  • Pet Waste / Cat Litter
  • Anything Treated with Pesticides
  • Coal / Charcoal

Winning Combination:

  • Air + Water + Carbon + Nitrogen = Compost
  • 1 Part Green + 3 Parts Brown + Water

Compost is typically ready in 2 months!

You can also download our ‘Guide to Backyard Composting’, for more information.

Composting is a great way to give back to the Earth!

Easter: the Perfect Time to Start Building a Stronger Compost with Eggshells.

Do you ever wonder what happens to all those colorful eggshells each year? The majority of them end up as waste. But, eggshells have a number of attributes and qualities that can serve other purposes, and thus save them from the landfill. If treated properly, with natural dyes, eggshells can be composted and used in the garden, as both a supplement and a pest deterrent.

Coloring Your Eggs Naturally:

Dyeing eggs naturally is simple and most of the ingredients may already be in your cupboards. Adding the colors with natural dyes is important, as it avoids putting unwanted substances into your garden, and thus into your diet.

Vinegar, a mild acid that will not weaken eggshells, is the main ingredient that allows the color to absorb into your eggs. When combining vinegar with colored water, the mixture colors the outside of your eggs. To color your water naturally, you can use turmeric, paprika, onions, oranges, beets, raspberries and grapes. Below is a list of ingredients that will help you get started:

Colored Easter Eggs

Yellow: Turmeric, Carrots, Chamomile, Oranges
Orange: Paprika, Yellow Onions
Red/Pink: Beets, Cranberry Juice, Red Grapes
Blue: Blueberries, Red Cabbage
Brown: Coffee/Tea Grounds, Dill Seed
Green: Red Onions, Yellow Apples
Lavender: Grape Juice

You can find full instructions online at ‘Better Homes & Gardens’.

Composting Your Colored Eggs:

Eggshells are an important nutrient for your compost. They add calcium into the soil, which helps build strong plants. These nutrients will also help with preventing ‘blossom end rot’ in tomatoes, squash, peppers and other fruiting vegetables. Eggshells can help prevent slugs, snails and other insects from getting into your garden and can also deter deer.

Be aware that dirty eggshells can attract unwanted pests and animals, so be sure to wash out your shells in warm water and leave to dry, before adding them to your compost pile. This will also help with eliminating Salmonella bacteria from entering your garden. If desired, you can bake eggshells in the oven for about 10 minutes at 350-degrees to remove the bacteria without eliminating the calcium, although most bacteria is killed naturally at the temperatures reached during the composting process.


Compost Eggshells in a GEOBINCrushing or grinding eggshells is not a requirement for your compost, but it does help speed up the compost process, as the smaller pieces will break down faster. Using a coffee grinder will get the smallest, most effective size pieces, but a blender or any other method of crushing them can also work.

Using natural dyes can be a fun way to color your Easter eggs this year as well as provide a nutrient boost to your compost and protection from unwanted guests.  Even if you don’t color your eggs, help minimize waste by recycling your eggshells and add all the nutrients they contain to your garden.


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Presto to Showcase its GEOBIN® for Municipal Backyard Compost Programs at the U.S. Composting Council’s Annual Conference

Presto announces it will feature its’ GEOBIN® Composting System at this year’s ‘COMPOST 2016’ tradeshow. Product Manager, Ross Haddock, will be at booth (#513) to answer questions about the GEOBIN composter and its role in the municipal backyard compost programs.

Stop by booth #513 to see how the GEOBIN® can help your municipality

Stop by booth #513 to see how the GEOBIN® can help your municipality

Find out how your municipality can start saving money and reducing landfill waste. Stop by and register for a FREE Municipal Composting Kit.

Key features that make the GEOBIN popular across the country include:

  • Most economical compost bin available (Tiered pricing system available)
  • Compact packaging requires minimal storage in your warehouse/low shipping costs
    -(80 bins/pallet)
  • One of the largest capacities (216 gallon—30 cubic ft.) in the marketplace
  • Adjustable sizing is perfectly suited for any sized yard
Composting made easy with the GEOBIN® Compost System

Composting made easy with the GEOBIN® Compost System

The U.S. Composting Council’s ‘COMPOST 2016’ is the largest composting conference in the world for the organic management industry. Industry leaders travel far-and-wide to discuss all things organic, solve challenges related to the collection of organics and much more. If you’re interested to learn about the latest equipment or strategies used by municipalities across the globe—you need to be in Jacksonville!

Free Compost Kit Helps Municipalities Launch Backyard Composting Programs

The GEOBIN® Municipal Compost Program Guide

The GEOBIN® Municipal Compost Program Guide shows how the GEOBIN® can save municipalities money

To reduce overflowing landfills and the rising costs of waste management tipping fees, more public works professionals are starting to adopt municipal backyard composting programs. For the busy public works manager, researching the best program for their community can be a big undertaking.

The GEOBIN® Compost System can help. To see how, one Municipal Backyard Composting Kit is offered free to waste management professionals around the country starting today. Each kit includes:

  • One GEOBIN® Compost Bin
  • The 1-2-3 Composting Guide – Shows municipalities how easy it is to set up a backyard compost program.
  • Access to the ComPost Municipal News E-Newsletter – Includes best practices and money saving tips from program managers from around the country.
  • A Cost Savings Spreadsheet – Helps municipalities determine their cost savings by starting a backyard composting program.

To receive the Municipal Backyard Composting Kit by mail, public works professionals should visit www.GEOBIN123.com or call at 800-548-3424. Bulk pricing programs available. Contact us today and see how a backyard composting program can help your community.

Five Ways to Cut Your Food Waste Over the Holiday Season

Five Ways to cut your Food Waste Over the Holiday Season

Fight food waste this holiday season

Minimize your Food Waste with these Tips

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is filled with copious amounts of eggnog, time spent with family and food—a lot of food. It should come as no surprise to anyone, during this time, household waste increases significantly. Here are five simple steps that will help you reduce your organic waste, while also supporting your local community. Continue reading

GEOBIN® is Proud to Support REAL School Gardens

'Flinging' Food at the GEOBIN® Compost System

‘Flinging’ Food at the GEOBIN® Compost System

The GEOBIN® Compost System is proud to support REAL School Gardens. REAL School Gardens is a national non-profit that builds learning gardens and outdoor classrooms in low-income elementary schools. REAL School Gardens then spends three-years training teachers on how to use a garden to improve academic instruction. Because in addition to getting kids active outside, and connecting them with fresh fruits and vegetables, learning gardens help children learn Math, Science, and Language Arts lessons.

Alison Risso, Director of Marketing & Communications for REAL School Gardens, discussed how this type of program can help students, stating that, “Studies have shown that children are more focused and engaged when they’re learning hands-on lessons outside. Students show more self-direction and they work better in teams (in this type of environment).” The REAL School Gardens program, in particular, has also been shown to double teacher effectiveness and job satisfaction. REAL School Gardens currently serves more than 100 schools, in 10 districts, from Dallas, TX to Washington D.C.

This past September, the non-profit participated in an online fundraising contest called North Texas Giving Day. Every year, thousands of non-profits in North Texas band together to encourage residents to support their favorite cause with an online donation. During last year’s contest, REAL School Gardens staff ate a bug for every $1,000 raised. This year, for every donation they received, they used a giant slingshot to shoot compostable material across a field into a bin. Along the way, children learned fun lessons about projectiles and composting. To help support this event, we provided a GEOBIN® for the D.C. office to use as a target.

In the end, this event was a huge success and raised more than $16,000 in donations, which triggered hundreds of extra dollars to be received in matching funds.

Composting Made Easy with the GEOBIN® Composting System

Composting with the GEOBIN® is as easy as–1,2,3!

Composting is a continuous process year round. But setting up your new compost bin should be a snap. The GEOBIN® Composting System is easy and sets-up in minutes.

  1. To start, unroll your GEOBIN® compost bin to the desired diameter. (The GEOBIN® can be expanded up to 4 feet in diameter–making it one of the largest compost bins, by volume, available).
  2. Finally, and this is all that’s left to do; just simply connect/secure your GEOBIN® composter with the provided closure keys.
  3. Your GEOBIN® is now ready to use.

Composting with the GEOBIN® is as easy as–1,2,3! For a closer look at the GEOBIN® Composting System’s instructions, click here.

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