Kitchen

How to compost at home

Found this nifty little info-graphic of how you can easy set up a DIY unit to compost your organic waste.

From the last time I posted about it here we have been continuing our composting spree. Although now we have a much bigger biogas composting unit placed at our factory that makes mulch and also gives us bio-gas which is used to cook rice for our dogs there.

Its immensely rewarding knowing that garbage will not be filling up a landfill and instead will be undergoing one of mother natures wonders, where waste turns into nourishment for a veggie patch!

Its something that has always filled me with awe!

So here it is. Hope it inspires you to compost your organic waste!

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and if the thought of have worms crawling about gives you the heebeejeebees (like me), you could also compost without worms. All  you need is a bit of an outdoor area and follow these steps.

1. Place your compost pile or bin in a dry area of your yard that receives little or no sunlight. You may choose to position the compost out of sight from your house. Ideally, the compost area should be large enough to accommodate at least a cubic yard of compost materials.

2. Add kitchen scraps and other “green” waste to the compost pile or bin. Raw or cooked fruits and vegetables, coffee grounds, tea leaves, grain, fur, grass clippings and horse or cow manure are all acceptable “greens” that will provide nitrogen.
3. Provide “brown” waste for the compost. Wood shavings, shredded paper, old potting soil, wood ashes, hay, straw, paperboard and old leaves are examples of “browns” that provide carbon.
4. Maintain a ratio of 3 parts brown waste to 1 part green waste. Compost develops best with this ratio of carbon to nitrogen. Imbalances in this ratio may result in slow decomposition or odors.
5. Turn the compost pile with a shovel or pitchfork. Mixing the compost at least once a week encourages faster compost production, as it will allow oxygen to reach all parts of the decomposing wastes.
6. Monitor the compost in the bin or pile. Compost that is ready for use in the garden is dark and finely textured, with an earthy odor. Spread the new compost in gardens or lawn areas.
7. Sift out any large pieces of woody material from the new compost and return it to the compost pile. These larger pieces will continue to break down and become usable compost.

Sources- Infographic – lesecologycentre

Composting without worms – Apartment Therapy

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