What makes a Nature's Helper®?

Planting and Growing

By planting and growing your own flowers, vegetables, trees, and shrubs, you are both reusing the earth’s resources and beautifying the earth.  Because you are able to control the chemicals and pesticides used to grow your gardens, you are protecting the soil from harmful agents.  Using the Nature’s Helper® brand of products makes you a "Nature's Helper®" because you are using organic, sustainable products that benefit and enrich the earth’s land.

Composting – Food Waste and Green Waste

How to start home composting:

Many homeowners do a good job of recycling traditional materials like cans and bottles, but few can claim they are recycling food waste.  Americans throw over 50 million tons of food waste into landfills each year, while recycling less than 3%.  The good news is that anyone who has access to a bit of outdoor space can keep 1.3 pounds of food scraps per person per day out of the landfill, using the process of composting.  
Fortunately for those of us not blessed with microbiological brilliance, home composting is not rocket science.  It is simply the biological decomposition of organic material.  Only four main ingredients are needed: Nitrogen (from food waste), carbon (from yard waste), water and air.  
Composting is a natural decomposition process that requires carbon, nitrogen, water and air.  Luckily, if you eat and have a yard, you already have the right ingredients for the “recipe”.

The recipe:

In your compost vessel or pile, in roughly equal quantities combine carbon— from leaves, ground twigs or branches, sawdust, wood chips or shredded newspaper– with nitrogen– from fruits, vegetables, bread, grain products and grass clippings.  A few cautions: Don’t use meats or cheese if you want to keep Fido or Fluffy out of the compost, and don’t use grass clippings if you tend to be a little overaggressive with lawn herbicides and insecticides.  Moisture from the food waste and rainfall, plus mechanical turning and natural microbial action, will take care of the water and air requirements.

There are plenty of barrels, bins, tubs and other containers whose manufacturers claim they can help you make the best home compost, and there’s nothing wrong with them.  Just remember that the smaller the container, the harder it will be to keep the compost heated up in cooler weather.  A simple pile, a homemade containment area of 15 to 25 cubic feet, or one of the commercially available “composters” will all work, as long as the design allows air to flow through the composting materials or be introduced by turning or tumbling the contents once or twice a week.