My mom and I have recently been starting to compost our food scraps in her garden. We haven't bought any compost bins or anything. My mom just keeps all the food scraps in a bucket, and when its full, she simply dumps it next to some of her growing plants. I've read everywhere online that compost should be buried so I'm not sure about her method. Is this an effective way of composting? Does this pose any harms to the environment?
Thanks for your question. I'm not going to answer in detail here but will direct you over to a new gardening tips page.
The short answer though is that your Mom's method is just fine and will be effective. Just watch out for bears.