How to start composting at home

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There’s two basic ways to compost. One way is to find a spot in the garden and pile up all your leaves and your grass and maybe even your kitchen scraps and a little of this green thing and that green thing and wait. The other way that I prefer is I compost with red worms. It’s called vermin culture. A pound of garbage from our kitchen can be consumed by a pound of worms in one day. The worms very quickly turn this material into fertilizer and then I use that soil – and you can use it – for pots, you can use it to fortify your new organic garden, you can just keep the worms going year after year in these containers.

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Steven Kiralla

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Steven was born and grew up in Southern California. His parents were from Lebanon and had lived in a village and a society that was very in tune with nature and the natural cycles of their surroundings, and very self sufficient with growing food. At a young age he was attracted to his mother’s gardening passion and her magical ways of growing food. In 1970 he was graduating from high school, and the first Earth Day was April of that year. Earth Day made a positive change in the way he saw the planet, the air, water, population and our waste. He started wondering how we can live in our natural world with balance and less damage. Steven has a Bachelor of Science degree in
 Horticultural and Agricultural Sciences. After college, he volunteered for the Peace Corps and spent two years working in Colombia, South America.

In 1999, he and his wife helped found Seven Arrows Elementary School in Pacific Palisades, California, where both of their children attended K-6. Steven created the school’s edible garden and taught gardening and cooking to the students. He also started the Environmental/Green Committee that helped the school act daily in “green thinking” ways. He loves to be outdoors, hiking, biking, surfing, camping, skiing, playing tennis and anything else to challenge his mind and body.

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